AET Job Description

schoolboy

Midshipman
Hello To everyone here, I must say a great site, lots of gems on advice and info about the real navy!

I am 22, should be starting Raleigh on the 11 March 2007, hoped for january start but wasnt to be!

Im going for the AET trade but what i really wanna know is how technical does the engineering get when repairing fixed wing/rotary avionic systems. If something is broken is it just a question of swapping over black boxes of electronics held in by screws/bolts or do u do much electronics repair (i.e. soldering and stuff) wiring, software/sensor calibration etc.

I have just graduated in Electronics and computing and have decided i dont wanna be designing the next nokia phone so i want to apply my electronics interest to fast jets/rotary aircraft. At the same time tho i dont just want to be changing components over and not learning much technical stuff about the various avionics systems.

If possible could one of you AET's out there tell me what you typical working day consists of, preferably someone from both a shore station and a ship! And anyone from an aircraft carrier - Is this the AETs dream job???

Hope someone hasn't minded my hugely long post and can give me an idea of what im getting myself into!!

Thanks
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
I think you are going to be disappointed, just why the careers service is recruiting graduates as AET's is beyond me!

Very little aircraft work involves repairing at component level, not because it's beyond us but because it's not financially viable. Most aircraft parts are warranteed in much the same way as your 'PC world' computer is. Components that aren't, are usually on a repair contract on the basis that the manufacturer is in a better position to repair and resupply.

It's not all doom and gloom though, in order to fault diagnose correctly you need to know how the components work and I suspect you will find yourself at an advantage in trade training. If you intend to join as an AET make sure you push for fast track from the word go, if you don't with your education I fear you may become quickly disillusioned with your responsibilities as an AET.
 
I agree with Chieftiff you shouldn't really have been given just an AET's job at the recruiters, you could probably have been suited as an AEO but hay ho! There isn't too much "Technical" work to speak of as an AV (Avionics) but if you really are good at you're job you should get fastracked and be promoted quicker so you'll get to be more technical in another draft say, for example, AV Workshops!
 

schoolboy

Midshipman
thanks for your replies. i guess i should also mention that i love fixing cars and stuff (welding/mechanical jobs etc) as well and love working with my hands far more than i enjoy sitting at an office desk. does this make me sound more suitable and less likely to be dissapointed. As far as the officer route goes, i chose myself to go in as a rating for the more hands approach. Could someone describe a typical job u might have to do for a routine maintenance task or a less regular repair task i.e. onboard a destroyer flight deck. I'd like details people!!! :)
Thanks all for you replies!
 

fido

MIA
schoolboy said:
Hello To everyone here, I must say a great site, lots of gems on advice and info about the real navy!

I am 22, should be starting Raleigh on the 11 March 2007, hoped for january start but wasnt to be!

Im going for the AET trade but what i really wanna know is how technical does the engineering get when repairing fixed wing/rotary avionic systems. If something is broken is it just a question of swapping over black boxes of electronics held in by screws/bolts or do u do much electronics repair (i.e. soldering and stuff) wiring, software/sensor calibration etc.

I have just graduated in Electronics and computing and have decided i dont wanna be designing the next nokia phone so i want to apply my electronics interest to fast jets/rotary aircraft. At the same time tho i dont just want to be changing components over and not learning much technical stuff about the various avionics systems.

If possible could one of you AET's out there tell me what you typical working day consists of, preferably someone from both a shore station and a ship! And anyone from an aircraft carrier - Is this the AETs dream job???

Hope someone hasn't minded my hugely long post and can give me an idea of what im getting myself into!!

Thanks

Have you considered joining the Royal Navy as an Engineer Officer rather that as an AET?
 

schoolboy

Midshipman
thought of it yes, but ive been told by 3 careers offices now that its not hands on and i really want hands on engineering in aviation. I want to start an aviation engineering career and work my way up, either by gaining a commission later or in civvy street after.

I love the outdoors, teamwork and hands on technical stuff so im hoping i'll get a bit of all these as an AET
 

fido

MIA
schoolboy said:
thought of it yes, but ive been told by 3 careers offices now that its not hands on and i really want hands on engineering in aviation. I want to start an aviation engineering career and work my way up, either by gaining a commission later or in civvy street after.

I love the outdoors, teamwork and hands on technical stuff so im hoping i'll get a bit of all these as an AET

Seems to me that either the Recruiters are trying to get there quota up or they have misled you. A career as a Engineer officer (of any sub specialisation) is fulfilliing and, I promise you, seriously hands on. As somebody posted earlier, I think that you will be disappointed as an AET - the alternative, especially with your qualifications, is more interesting, diverse and, dare I say it, financially and socially, vastly more rewarding.
 

schoolboy

Midshipman
well u certainly are making me think twice about the commision entry...

I am not sure i would pass the AIB tho, i've not got much leadership experience and i have been told i cannot be a air engineering officer without a degree in aviation from southampton or equivalent and mine does not qualify as it has nothing to do with aviation.

What hands-on tasks does a officer have???? I was deffinately thinking of going full hog and trying for fast track tho, i think my academic qualifications and interest should put me in good stead...
 

schoolboy

Midshipman
oh and was wondering - does anyone know how i can go about speaking to someone who actually is currently an AET and someone who is an engineering officer so that i can get a proper convo going. You people are helpful enough but i cant really judge from text what to make of it all. and obviously the careers office people are gonna say anything is great!! Are there any days or events where i can meet up with some people?!! Thanks!
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
fido said:
schoolboy said:
thought of it yes, but ive been told by 3 careers offices now that its not hands on and i really want hands on engineering in aviation. I want to start an aviation engineering career and work my way up, either by gaining a commission later or in civvy street after.

I love the outdoors, teamwork and hands on technical stuff so im hoping i'll get a bit of all these as an AET

Seems to me that either the Recruiters are trying to get there(their?) quota up or they have misled you. A career as a Engineer officer (of any sub specialisation) is fulfilliing and, I promise you, seriously hands on. As somebody posted earlier, I think that you will be disappointed as an AET - the alternative, especially with your qualifications, is more interesting, diverse and, dare I say it, financially and socially, vastly more rewarding.

Fido, you almost had me convinced until you suggested a career as an officer might be socially more rewarding :lol:

Seriously though, pretty much everything else Fido said is true, if you want to speak to an AEO and AET it will depend where you live, if you live near to an air station your careers office may be able to arrange it for you, they are your first port of call. Fido has a point that you may be getting led into entry as an AET, the branch is undermanned at present. Form your own decision based on all the infomation you can gather, there are some good links in the previous posts. PS. a chieftiff is a Chief Petty Officer AET, so you have 'talked' to an AET already!
 

schoolboy

Midshipman
chieftiff said:
Fido, you almost had me convinced until you suggested a career as an officer might be socially more rewarding :lol:

Seriously though, pretty much everything else Fido said is true, if you want to speak to an AEO and AET it will depend where you live, if you live near to an air station your careers office may be able to arrange it for you, they are your first port of call. Fido has a point that you may be getting led into entry as an AET, the branch is undermanned at present. Form your own decision based on all the infomation you can gather, there are some good links in the previous posts. PS. a chieftiff is a Chief Petty Officer AET, so you have 'talked' to an AET already!

Well my good man cheiftiff - please enlighten me as to what u do day to day. personally i cant think of anything i'd rather be doing than working on the new JSF on one of the new aircraft carriers in 2012 but thats probably a slim possibility.

Could you please tell me what you enjoy about your job and what you have gone through in ur career to date as ur probably the most suitable to do so! you have clearly enjoyed it - im sure i would to.

You should probably know also about me that i've always thought i should have done an apprenticeship not a degree, ive always enjoyed fixing more than designing!!!

PS - are you non-commision out of choice or just not chosen to go that way yet?

thanks very much - its all starting to peice together the puzzle now!!!
 
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