- Salary Range £15,000+
- EDUCATION LEVEL GCSE/O level/GNVQ
- Job Level Entry level
On the battlefield, the provision of voice and data communication systems are crucial. Commanders may need to speak to their troops or report back to the UK. This is why you are critical to winning the battle. Communications Engineer Systems Operators are expert in advanced satellite, radio and computing technologies.
You are given modern, industry-linked training and how to operate the equipment required to provide communication systems. You use your knowledge and skills to deliver advanced battle winning communications and conduct defensive cyber operations across the globe.
You can receive a range of qualifications up to a degree and later, you can specialise as a Special Forces Operator, Advanced Cyber Operator or an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator.
- Become an expert in operating a multitude of Information Systems and Services, including radios, satellites, computer networks and applications.
- Get continuous professional development, from a Level 3 NVQ in ICT and civilian accredited training up to a Bachelor’s of Science Degree.
- Learn how to drive and operate the vehicles that communications equipment is transported in, including HGVs and Armoured vehicles.
- Access a wealth of specialisations, including Airborne Forces, Special Forces, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Cyber Operations.
- If you excel, you can be undergo fast track promotion to Staff Sergeant, undertake a degree course and become a manager of complex communication systems.
TRAINING FOR THE ROLE
You’ll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier – this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.
Then you’ll study to become a specialist at the Royal School of Signals in Blandford. Here will begin the technical training you will need to fulfil your future role. You will study information technology fundamentals, antenna systems and propagation, defensive cyber techniques and how to communicate using military systems. In addition to this you will study the management, maintenance and operation of the equipment used regularly by the Royal Signals, including the setup of a complex digital radio detachment, which one day you could command.
- Age: 16 years 6 months – 35 years 6 months
- GCSE Grade A–D/9-3 in English Language and Grade A–D/9-3 in Maths, Science or IT
- Mid Thigh Pull 94kg
- Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
- 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
- More information about the fitness test
QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING
- Driving licences: B+E, C+E, D1.
- Level 2 functional skills in Maths, English and IT
- BTEC Level 2 certificate in ICT
- NVQ Level 3 as an Information Communication Technology (Professional)
- Professional registration with IET or the BCS