Tech Or Mechanic?

#1
Hey, Going 2 AFC Harrogate On September The 9Th, With Aircraft Tech As First Choice Job And Vehicle Mechanic As Second Choice Job.
Researched Both Trades Quite A Lot, Leaning Towards Aircraft Tech But Any Input/Advice Would Be Welcome.
Cheers.
 
#2
VM.

And thats from a Tech. Stay well away from the Aircraft/Avionics dark side - see Avionics tech post if you need any more persuasion
 
#3
PBYL - I'm afraid that only you can make that decision. You must base it on what's right for you.
As a VM you will be working exceptionally hard probably at first line over your first couple of years. That's not such a bad thing as we tend to work hard play hard but you will essentially be bottom of the pile for at least your first tour. On the plus side, you show that you are good and you will be valued by your peers and superiors and you will be given the chance to shine. As a VM you will have a lot of options as to what units you will serve at. How much choice you get is another matter.
As an Aircraft Tech you will undertake a more rigourous and longer phase 2 at Arborfield, however, the benefit is that you have then chance to leave training as a LCPL. A year later you could become a Cpl (I only say could because it is not given away despite what blackhanders think.) Again you will be given the chance to prove yourself and gain the respect of others. The avionics world is a little more rigorous on the engineering hygiene front due to the nature of the job so you will be monitorde but that is for everyones benefit. A downside is that your postings in the powder poof world are limited. Wattisham see's the highest concentration with a few postings elsewhere.
Ultimately you must decide for yourself & I hope I've given a balanced arguement. For what its worth, I am neither an aircraft tech or vm.
 
#4
sparky has got it right, much as i am biased being a vm myself and resenting the fact that techs have a pretty easy time of it, i would say that if you have the option of going tech try it, as sparky mentions you will leave training as a L/Cpl and get your Cpl a year or so after that if you are not a complete cabbage, if you dont like it and see yourself as having made the wrong decision you could always opt for re-trading to vm or something else if that doesnt flick your switch. End of the day you need to think about what is likely to give you the most interest and enjoyment as no point being in a job that you dont like, also look to the future as well as you may not want to stay in the army for the full 22 or even if you do you need to think about your possible options for back in civvy street and the qualifications you will gain in the army through your primary trade be it air tech or vm, though there is also scope to get many chances to do other courses that gain you qualifiactions that will help in civvy street, just need to put yourself forward for them, and if they are a benefit to your unit then it is another tick in the box come your annual reporting time. But i am wandering off the subject there, end of day fella your choice as you may well be doing it for 22 years or more if you stay in the army.
 
#5
Please question why you want to join the Army.
As a VM you are right up there with the kit alongside the fighting troops. Hard work but loads of personal reward and job satisfaction.
As previously mentioned promotion is faster in the aviation world, maybe the civ prospects a bit better after you leave. However the powder puff brigade are little more than crabs in a green uniform.
If you really want to work on aircraft try the navy, at least you will see a bit of the world.
May_Fair
 
#6
Cheers For The Advice
After Reading These, Tbh I'm Now Leaning Towards Vm, Don't Get Me Wrong, Both Jobs Appeal Equeally, And Quick Promotions Don't Sound 2 Bad Lol, But I Want Tours, Postings And To See The World, Which Sounds An Extremely Small Chance As A Tech.
 
#7
Why just aircraft tech or VM consider the other tech "trades" the old ECE trade was great for variety of postings Armour Artillery Engineers you name it pretty much at least one ECE there, trade structure has changed over recent years so you would have to get a more up to date opinion but there is more to the tech world than aircraft.
 
#9
C'mon guys don't bulls""t the lad too much "loads of personal reward and job satisfaction". If you want to be a vm then get used to the fact you can work very hard and very long hours for no reward but the fact of you've done a job well with the guys around you. The rewards whilst few and far between are worth it in my eyes but not to many others.
Job satisfaction is varied on wether your in barracks, training or on tour. You take what you can, when you can. The job is what you make it, you may find your not spannering but stagging on or in a multiple in Afghanistan for alot of the time. Job satisfaction and rewards are what you make them.
 
#10
PushBeyondYourLimits said:
Cheers For The Advice
After Reading These, Tbh I'm Now Leaning Towards Vm, Don't Get Me Wrong, Both Jobs Appeal Equeally, And Quick Promotions Don't Sound 2 Bad Lol, But I Want Tours, Postings And To See The World, Which Sounds An Extremely Small Chance As A Tech.
If you have the option of going tech I would still look at it but go more for the avionic side then once at Arborfield I believe you can push more for the challenger 2, HVM side (used to be Radar tech)(Techs correct me if Im wrong).
Im a VMA and work is good but the promotion side isnt that great where as you will still get chance to work along side the VM if in an armoured unit and you will still get plenty of tours, it doesnt matter what job you do in the REME there will always be tours out there.

Good luck and like the optomism about Scunthorpe winning the Championship, top half will do me as we are the favourites for relegation. :D
 
#11
Cheers For The Advice, I'll Have A Chat With The Recruiting Sgt When I Go Down After I Get My GCSE Results And I'll See Which Trade Appeals More
Yeah Gotta Have Some Optomism, Tbh I Think We'll At Least Avoid Relegation... Hopefully Get To The Sheffield United Match Before I Go...
 
#12
PushBeyondYourLimits said:
Cheers For The Advice, I'll Have A Chat With The Recruiting Sgt When I Go Down After I Get My GCSE Results And I'll See Which Trade Appeals More
Yeah Gotta Have Some Optomism, Tbh I Think We'll At Least Avoid Relegation... Hopefully Get To The Sheffield United Match Before I Go...
Ive done the recruiting bit aswell so.
Easy option then, if you get C's English Lan, Maths and a science go Tech if you get D's go VM. Have you got a third preference just incase you dont get at least D's. I take it you have passed selection so have you got a provissional place at Harrogate yet as this could also decide your options if you could get one of the trades in September but no places for the other till January. AFC Harrogate is a very good place and you will enjoy the year up there and not too far for you from Scunthorpe. I was up there last week for my son passing out parade.
 
#13
Yeah Third Preference Is Tank Crewman In Household Cavalry.
Yeah Passed Selection In Febuary And Have A Provisional Place.
Yeah From What I've Seen It Looks A Spot On Place, Can't Wait To Go
 
#15
Falklands16 said:
C'mon guys don't bulls""t the lad too much "loads of personal reward and job satisfaction". If you want to be a vm then get used to the fact you can work very hard and very long hours for no reward but the fact of you've done a job well with the guys around you. The rewards whilst few and far between are worth it in my eyes but not to many others.
Job satisfaction is varied on wether your in barracks, training or on tour. You take what you can, when you can. The job is what you make it, you may find your not spannering but stagging on or in a multiple in Afghanistan for alot of the time. Job satisfaction and rewards are what you make them.
Not bullshiitting too much to say that as a VM you are right up there in the front with the green troops. My recollection anyway. Sure the job is hard work but without the front end experience more easily achieved as a blackie it begs the question "why join the Army'?
8O 8O
 
#16
Never questioned the "serve up there on the front lines". I will say again that the personal rewards and job satisfation sides of Vm'ing are very few and far between but should be grasped with both hands when they emerge as they will be worth it. Getting a good old slap on the back for a job well done rarely comes around and is not usually followed rewards. As I said grab it when it does and remember it.
 
#17
Falklands16 said:
Never questioned the "serve up there on the front lines". I will say again that the personal rewards and job satisfation sides of Vm'ing are very few and far between but should be grasped with both hands when they emerge as they will be worth it. Getting a good old slap on the back for a job well done rarely comes around and is not usually followed rewards. As I said grab it when it does and remember it.
Getting a pat on the back from the Squadron leader, Battery Commander or Company Commander for doing a good job. Seeing the Warriors, Challenger 2, HVM's and other equipment getting through Medmans, Poland, exercises or Op Tours is a great feeling and normally rewarded with a smoker with the Regiment, Battalion your serving with. Being rewarded with a Fitter section being treated as part of the Squadron, Company, Battery is the best reward for me and Ive always been treated with respect by the units Ive been attached to, must either be extremely lucky or willing to mix with other cap badges.
 
#18
Not denying that all that, is good for you. On looking at the larger spectrum of VM's, either A or B mech. It has been their opinion, on this website and by the droves leaving and people turning down V'eng that this is not felt throughout the trade. I, as said, am happy with the amount of thanks and rewards we recieve, what I was trying to say to the young lad was, don't expect someone to come down and say "well done" on a regular basis. Just be happy to know you've done a job well and that in itself can be reward enough.
 
#19
The_IRON said:
PushBeyondYourLimits said:
Cheers For The Advice
After Reading These, Tbh I'm Now Leaning Towards Vm, Don't Get Me Wrong, Both Jobs Appeal Equeally, And Quick Promotions Don't Sound 2 Bad Lol, But I Want Tours, Postings And To See The World, Which Sounds An Extremely Small Chance As A Tech.
If you have the option of going tech I would still look at it but go more for the avionic side then once at Arborfield I believe you can push more for the challenger 2, HVM side (used to be Radar tech)(Techs correct me if Im wrong).
Im a VMA and work is good but the promotion side isnt that great where as you will still get chance to work along side the VM if in an armoured unit and you will still get plenty of tours, it doesnt matter what job you do in the REME there will always be tours out there.

Good luck and like the optomism about Scunthorpe winning the Championship, top half will do me as we are the favourites for relegation. :D
Hello mate.

The score with the world of techs is..............

1. AirTech

Essentially a VM on helicopters, lots of mechanics and bench fitting and hand skills and stuff. As has been said previously postings are very limited mostly to wattisham and you have to wear a gay hat.

2. Avionics Tech

This is the complicated electronics and stuff with ya helicopters. Longer course than air tech. Get a BTEC out of it if you are bothered enough to care. Same issue with postings and gay hat.

3. Tech Elect

This is essentially a land systems tech where you will be trained on anything with electronic systems on the ground. E.g Challenger 2, HVM, AS90 etc etc. Postings are far more varied between first and second line. But expect to do a bit of both. Opportunity to see a lot more within the army and in my view the way to go should you decide to be a tech.

Despite all of this if you want to be busy tech is not the way to go. You spend a lot of time with not a lot going on. (My experience as a tech elect). Despite the promises of quick promotion it is not always so. It goes through phases depending on what is needed at the time.
 
#20
VM's don't get very pleasant postings, I finished up at 1 Port Workshops Port Said and living in Golf Course camp.

Never got a game of golf.
 

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