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Jack101098

Swinger
Hi everyone, I was looking for some help. I am a qualified auto electrician and now have decided I would like to join the army, I have looked at the roles and I believe Electronics Technician would be perfect for me. The website doesn’t give you much detail as to what your day to day work is, I was wondering if there was any Electronic Technicians in this group that could tell me more about it? Also I have a question, sorry to put this a bit blunt but is this a dangerous role in the army? Would I be at a base if we went to war or would I be out in the field? Is this a highly dangerous job?
 

NemoIII

War Hero
Hi everyone, I was looking for some help. I am a qualified auto electrician and now have decided I would like to join the army, I have looked at the roles and I believe Electronics Technician would be perfect for me. The website doesn’t give you much detail as to what your day to day work is, I was wondering if there was any Electronic Technicians in this group that could tell me more about it? Also I have a question, sorry to put this a bit blunt but is this a dangerous role in the army? Would I be at a base if we went to war or would I be out in the field? Is this a highly dangerous job?


Not sure if you're going to get told off for starting a new thread.

But I'll try answering your question. Do you enjoy your job? Have you not looked at any other role?

To be fair electronic technician is a well paided job with quick promotion. Depending on units the day to day can vary alot. You have to remember than the army also employ Vehicle mechanics, that can do a vast amount of the electrics aswell.

Electronic technicians normally look at parts fitted to a vehicle, such as radios, sights and other turret systems. My current unit has a few Electronic technicians but generally provide nothing that a VM could do other than a very small range of electrics.

If you're wanting to push the boat out why no try to for Avionics Technician? Your electrical knowledge will be better used and gives you great experience and qualifications once you get out.
 

Jack101098

Swinger
Thanks for your reply bud. Yeah I have also looked at the Avionics Technician, I was going to speak to my careers adviser about this. I don’t mind mechanics but I’d rather work with electrics as that’s what I’m comfortable with. Are these roles classed as very dangerous? Would i be in base in another country or out in the field incase of breakdowns etc?
 

NemoIII

War Hero
Thanks for your reply bud. Yeah I have also looked at the Avionics Technician, I was going to speak to my careers adviser about this. I don’t mind mechanics but I’d rather work with electrics as that’s what I’m comfortable with. Are these roles classed as very dangerous? Would i be in base in another country or out in the field incase of breakdowns etc?

From what I understand Avionics technician is all about electrics, radar and all sorts of wizardry. If you're already a qualified electronics technician I would suggest you look into avionics.

I wouldn't really class these roles as very dangerous, electronics technicians normally stay towards the rear of the battle as it nornally requires a major fix that takes time. An avionics technician is likely to be miles away, however you are joining the army so there is always a risk things can happen.
 

mcphee1948

War Hero
From what I understand Avionics technician is all about electrics, radar and all sorts of wizardry. If you're already a qualified electronics technician I would suggest you look into avionics.

I wouldn't really class these roles as very dangerous, electronics technicians normally stay towards the rear of the battle as it nornally requires a major fix that takes time. An avionics technician is likely to be miles away, however you are joining the army so there is always a risk things can happen.

Joining the Army, in any role, does involve some Health and Safety risks.
 

Penguin142

War Hero
Do you have any academic qualifications? There is a big jump between 12/24 Volt equipment and the much higher voltages in avionics, let alone ground based equipment. An ONC in light current will be a recommendation. Crabair needs lots of Techies, but tends to train them from scratch, last time I looked. British armed forces fault find to component level (as against the Septics who are spare module mechanics), so a high quality is required.
 

NemoIII

War Hero
Crabair needs lots of Techies, but tends to train them from scratch, last time I looked.

The REME train everyone to the same standard even if you already are qualified. Therefore if he has a level 3 qualifications hes not actually gaining anything (thats alright if hes happy with just being a electronic technicians) but pushing himself a bit further will allowed him to go avionics.
 

Penguin142

War Hero
The REME train everyone to the same standard even if you already are qualified. Therefore if he has a level 3 qualifications hes not actually gaining anything (thats alright if hes happy with just being a electronic technicians) but pushing himself a bit further will allowed him to go avionics.
That is how I started long ago and far away, in Crabair, every day is a school day is it not?
 
@Jack101098 I completed 22 years as an Elec Tech 9 years ago. If you want some info as to possible roles and responsibilities at 1st and 2nd Line (sorry, Level 2 and 3) then drop me a PM.

I'm off out now but I'll be back in a couple of hours.
 

ericferret

War Hero
Hi everyone, I was looking for some help. I am a qualified auto electrician and now have decided I would like to join the army, I have looked at the roles and I believe Electronics Technician would be perfect for me. The website doesn’t give you much detail as to what your day to day work is, I was wondering if there was any Electronic Technicians in this group that could tell me more about it? Also I have a question, sorry to put this a bit blunt but is this a dangerous role in the army? Would I be at a base if we went to war or would I be out in the field? Is this a highly dangerous job?

Life is full of risks.

24/06/1972
David Moon, 24-years-old, married and a soldier with 664 Squadron A.A.C also Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers holding the rank of Lance-Corporal.
Christopher Stevenson, 24-years-old, single and a soldier with the Parachute Regiment holding the rank of Private.
Stuart Reid, 28-years-old, married and a soldier with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers holding the rank of Sergeant.
All 3 soldiers were killed in an ambush in Dungiven when 2 milk churns packed with 120lb landmines exploded under their Land Rover. The 1:44AM attack occurred on a stretch of the Belfast to Londonderry road on the Glenshane Pass. A helicopter pilot and 2 other soldiers were also injured in the attack. The Land Rover was escorting a 3-ton lorry that was transporting a damaged Sioux helicopter that had made a forced landing at Ballykelly. After the bombs exploded, the IRA opened fire on the lorry. LCPL Moon was from Bolton, Yorkshire. PTE. Stevenson was from Birmingham and SGT Reid was from Stockbridge, Hampshire.


Not forgotten.



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Jack101098

Swinger
Thank you all for replying, I have looked into this more and I believe the best role for me with be Avionics. Yes I work on 12/24V vehicles, I know this will be a change working on a helicopter but I would like to push myself further and learn more things. I will already have some of the skills required for this job and 3 years of experience on the tools, fingers crossed I get employed as Avionics.
 
Thank you all for replying, I have looked into this more and I believe the best role for me with be Avionics. Yes I work on 12/24V vehicles, I know this will be a change working on a helicopter but I would like to push myself further and learn more things. I will already have some of the skills required for this job and 3 years of experience on the tools, fingers crossed I get employed as Avionics.
I was Electronics in the REME - the training and experience that I got was second to none and set me up for life. A good friend was an Airframes & Engines Tech. but said that if he had his time again, he would have gone Avionics. Promotion and pay are good and the work interesting with a wide range of postings available. Go for it - you won't regret it. Oh, and don't be put off by Civvie 'mates' denigrating your choice and sneering because 'you are joining the Army'. In my opinion, there is no finer choice in life.
 

Jack101098

Swinger
cheers mate, I think Avionics is the perfect role for me so I’m going for it! Gonna give it everything I have got, i know a lot of people smirk at the army compared to other forces but I would be proud to say I am in the army.


I was Electronics in the REME - the training and experience that I got was second to none and set me up for life. A good friend was an Airframes & Engines Tech. but said that if he had his time again, he would have gone Avionics. Promotion and pay are good and the work interesting with a wide range of postings available. Go for it - you won't regret it. Oh, and don't be put off by Civvie 'mates' denigrating your choice and sneering because 'you are joining the Army'. In my opinion, there is no finer choice in life.
 
I had as varied a career as any other tech but the highlights were the AMF, BATUS and 1 RHA. No better way to spend your 20s and 30s.

The pension is just the icing on the cake.
 

bluemail

Swinger
Good choice in avionics tech. I’m an aircraft tech myself but from what I’ve seen of “greenies” in my unit it’s a semi busy life for them. Couldn’t tell you what they do but wherever you end up I’m sure you’ll enjoy it
 

ericferret

War Hero
Good choice in avionics tech. I’m an aircraft tech myself but from what I’ve seen of “greenies” in my unit it’s a semi busy life for them. Couldn’t tell you what they do but wherever you end up I’m sure you’ll enjoy it

Pretty much the same in civy street. However they do come out and give the mechs a hand from time to time.
Theres only so much sitting on your arrse ebaying that a man can stand.
 

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