Son wants to be an air tech

#1
Son has been advised by careers office to be an air tech due to his GCSE exam grades and predicted AS levels, pending his BARB next week.

He has a GCSE C in maths and admits he could have got a B if he had bothered his arrse, sorry revised, teacher supports this wild theory!

How hard is the maths during training to be an air tech, as son reckons GCSE grade B would be the highest he could achieve.

Cheers for any advice, expect a few "i would disown him" type comments too. :D
 
#2
Think I'd be happier if mine told me he was gay.

Don't worry about his Maths, a pass is a pass and he'll do fine with that.
 
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#3
Hmm... Why not the God's chosen Corps Of The Royal Engineers? As a design trade, obviously.
 
#4
sparky8 said:
Think I'd be happier if mine told me he was gay.

Don't worry about his Maths, a pass is a pass and he'll do fine with that.
You mean he's still not told you?!?! ;)
 
#5
Even his mam said.

"you want to be a powder puff!!!"

Personally i would be happy if he did this as a trade. So long as it means he moves out soon.

Thanks so far.
 
#6
Crunchie said:
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"you want to be a powder puff!!!"
BATs are loaned that beret, vile retarded wretches
 
#7
sparky8 said:
Think I'd be happier if mine told me he was gay.
At least you would have company at the father and son nights in the "Blue Oyster Bar" though Sparky!! Sorry I meant the Tech Elect re-union!!
 
#9
Firstly I got a C in Maths, English and Science which is the minimum required for that of a technician. I have seen people with A and A*s fail the same course that i passed with ease, so as long as he has C or above then he has just as much chance of passing the course as the next man (depending on effort). I'm quite suprised that the careers office only offered aircraft technician as there are a few more technical trades that he might be interested in such as Avionics Technician or Electronics Technician. I would highly advise electronics however it depends on what type of equipment he wants to work on and how restricted he wants to be on being able to get posted to a variety of places.
The maths isn't as hard as people make it out to be, a lot of people just make the mistake of drinking too much during their time at Arborfield.

All the best for your son joining, top 10% of the army :)
 
#10
Cheers Duff Man

He had to choose 2 there and then, so he chose Air Tech and Tankie( he watched a discovery program about Challenger 2!!!). No hardship with him doing either, rather he picked a trade though.

However once he has done his BARB, he can see what he is offered. I am just glad he has made the choice to join now, rather than bum around college, which he admits he is bored of, for another year and then decide to join.

All his other 7 grades were A*, A's and B's, so he is fairly bright.

Screw the Nut, naught against the Fat Badge Corp either, but would he still have to spend a certain amount of time as a Combat Engineer first, before doing a trade?

There is more chance of him getting a good choice first nowadays, rather than being put into whatever they happen to be short of, like back in the day.

Cheers again for all the advice.
 
#11
What trade your son chooses should echo what he wants to do when he leaves the forces and where is general interests lie.


SK
 
#12
SKJOLD said:
What trade your son chooses should echo what he wants to do when he leaves the forces and where is general interests lie.


SK
Load of cack. They can be completely seperate, why would someone who potentially could leave at 55 years of age as a Lt Col be worried about what they are going to do once they get out?
 
#13
Screw_The_Nut said:
Hmm... Why not the God's chosen Corps Of The Royal Engineers? As a design trade, obviously.
Surely, if he has designs on being an Aircraft Technician he would be much better off in the avionics side of God's real chosen Service, the Royal Air Force.

WE have proper aeroplanes to work with to start with, much more variety of types and of course, pay an' all!

Fun, fun, fun!
 
#14
SKJOLD said:
What trade your son chooses should echo what he wants to do when he leaves the forces and where is general interests lie.

SK
I wouldn’t necessarily agree with this.

All of the ex forces I know, including myself, didn’t follow their military trade/discipline into civilian life.

By example, ranging from SSGT to Major, Milkman, Postman, Financial Advisor, Facilities Manager, Fleet ops Manager, Bus Driver (ex ASM), Double Glazing (director level, and not the Major), Long Distance Lorry Driver, nary a one doing what they did whilst serving.

It’s also widely acknowledged that most ex forces will have at least 2-3 career changes after discharge.

Now I’m not saying there wont be, and there are probably are, a significant number of ex forces plying their military trade, what I am saying is do what suits now, do it well and enjoy it.
 
#15
Infiltrator said:
Screw_The_Nut said:
Hmm... Why not the God's chosen Corps Of The Royal Engineers? As a design trade, obviously.
Surely, if he has designs on being an Aircraft Technician he would be much better off in the avionics side of God's real chosen Service, the Royal Air Force.

WE have proper aeroplanes to work with to start with, much more variety of types and of course, pay an' all!

Fun, fun, fun!
Try e-goat they may believe you, should read if you want to be gay join the RAF we have more aircraft to be bent over .
 
#16
cbgramc said:
Infiltrator said:
Screw_The_Nut said:
Hmm... Why not the God's chosen Corps Of The Royal Engineers? As a design trade, obviously.
Surely, if he has designs on being an Aircraft Technician he would be much better off in the avionics side of God's real chosen Service, the Royal Air Force.

WE have proper aeroplanes to work with to start with, much more variety of types and of course, pay an' all!

Fun, fun, fun!
Try e-goat they may believe you, should read if you want to be gay join the RAF we have more aircraft to be bent over .
Jealous?
 
#17
Crunchie - he sounds like a bright lad - and I think he should be looking as wide as possible right now.

There's a true story of the lad who wanted to be an RAF Loadmaster. Sat the aptitude tests, and he was asked if he'd like to be a pilot, went to the officer board, passed that, and on to Cranwell.

What are his AS predicted grades, and what in? The RAF is screaming for engineering officers. They may even give him a university cadetship.
 
#18
If he was time expired today he would walk into a £35-50,000 a year job at current rates, providing he had passed the civvy exams.

If he went on the contract circuit then £100,000 is achieveable but god knows how anybody survives the hours necessary to earn that.

Current job situation is very good with a huge shortage of aircraft engineers. Obviously no guarantee as to the future.

I hung up my green suit in 1978 and have never been unemployed except by choice.

Most of the guys in the industry are still ex military so it's not much of a culture shock.

Lots of airtechs never touch an aircraft again after leaving the service, all options are open. Nice to have a a fairly well paid trade to fall back on if the master plan to own a strip club in Spain falls through.

I am not sure just how many techs move on into civil aviation when they have finished their time. I have only come across half a dozen of my contempories. A couple work for the Civil Aviation Authority airworthiness division, another is the Sikorsky tech rep for northern europe. The rest are still working for a living!!!!
 
#19
Thanks for all the posts.

He went to the RAF first, but the way it was put across didn't seem too attractive. 18 months to 2 years as a groundy first.

His AS Grades are expected to be B's in Biology, History and Eng Lit
 
#20
airborne_artist said:
Crunchie - he sounds like a bright lad - and I think he should be looking as wide as possible right now.

There's a true story of the lad who wanted to be an RAF Loadmaster. Sat the aptitude tests, and he was asked if he'd like to be a pilot, went to the officer board, passed that, and on to Cranwell.

What are his AS predicted grades, and what in? The RAF is screaming for engineering officers. They may even give him a university cadetship.
It's not a cadetship- it's a glorified bursary these days, not worth anywhere near as much as a cadetship was. (Still better than a kick in the teeth though.) Besides, RAF EngO is probably the worst option if the lad actually wants to do any hands-on engineering. It's only a slight exaggeration to say that most of the job of a JEngO can be done by an autopen while the FSs and Chiefs go about their business. As for the loadie story- the lad's not going to get to Cranwell (or RMA or BRNC) these days without at least a brace of A levels or equivalent.

Can't really understand why he's jacking in college after his AS levels. 12 months more and a whole range of new options open up to him- which is bugger-all if you're playing the long game. Being bored is an excuse, not a reason.
 

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