Cadet Systems Engineer (ETO) (RFA)
Learn all there is to know about the complex electronic and communication systems on board our most advanced ships.
- Royal Fleet Auxiliary
- Officer level
For me the transition from a job at home to a job at sea was relatively easy. I love the fact that I’m part of a close-knit team, keeping this ship going.
What you’ll do
As a Cadet Systems Engineer Officer in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), you’ll learn all there is to know about the complex electronic and communication systems on board, and become a key player in our operations. Once you’ve qualified, you’ll cover all areas of the ship, leading a team of technicians, and taking responsibility for the complex equipment that we rely on every day.
- Learn to work on everything from navigational aids, electronic and communication equipment, to PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) control and automation systems.
- Interact with with experts from the marine engineering, deck and logistics departments, exploring the different disciplines and developing skills that will stay with you throughout your career.
- Become a first-class electrical/electronic engineer and eventually act as mentor to the junior members of your team, providing advice and guidance as they tackle new challenges.
- Gain the skills you need to become a navigation and communications systems expert, and make a crucial contribution to our Replenishment at Sea operations.
Pay & benefits
- £17,500+ starting salary during training
- Earned Voyage Leave (EVL) of 7 days for every month spent on board ship
- Membership of a Civil Service Pension scheme
- World-class training
- Potential to travel the world
Skills for life
Qualifications you'll gain
- A streamlined path to becoming a Chartered Engineer
- MCA certification that is fully supported by the RFA
Skills you'll develop
- An in-depth knowledge of Navy-specific engineering principles and MCA
- The ability to lead and manage a highly skilled team
- Aged at least 17 years 6 months to apply, and 18 years to commence employment. There is no upper age limit
- 5 x GCSEs including Mathematics, English Language and either Physics or Chemistry or Dual Science at GRADE 4/c OR 9-4 Scottish equivalent
- To be considered for a Foundation degree option A Levels or Scottish Advanced Higher qualifications are required but must include a numerate subject such as Mathematics
- Must be British, Irish or Commonwealth citizens. However, a number of career paths have nationality restrictions. Dual Nationality will be considered providing the first nationality is British. Note: Residency restrictions may apply
Skills & interests
- Great leadership potential
- A technical approach to solving problems
- First-class communication
- A sense of adventure
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