AET Job Description

fido

MIA
chieftiff said:
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!

Thanks Chieftiff, I served as both a rating and as an officer and I know which I found more financially, professionally and (dare I say it again?) socially rewarding! Anyway, both you and letthecatoutofthebag are spot on - if schoolboy is what he appears to be, he should seriously consider officer entry. Where the story about Southampton Uni and aviation degrees comes from is beyond me - it's a load of tosh!
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
schoolboy said:
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!!!

You're right I have enjoyed my career very much (and still do) there is no point me reciting it to you or the dits about the great times I have had because it's a very different world now and a very different branch. Wether I am still Non-commissioned by choice is difficult to answer, I am qualified for the officer Corps (BSc, MathDip, CertEd etc etc) but to be honest it has little to offer me at this stage of my career, perhaps it is something I should have thought about a long time ago; but then I was too interested in collecting the dits I won't mention!

I have pm'd you.
 

Chewy

Midshipman
Hows it going schoolboy?

Ive just signed up as an AET and go to raleigh end of Jan. Ive had alot of advice in the last year about different branches including that from a serving Lieutenant friend of mine (warfare officer) and AET kept coming up as a good branch. The opportunities are there for fast track and im sure with a Beng degree you could go onto that. I wanted to go straight in as an officer a few years ago but uni didn't work out for me, (too much partying, if you know what i mean.) But for you to have an engineering degree and to not even try for AEO i think you might regret it in a few years, dont be put off by the AIB, i know a few new officers and do sometimes wonder how they passed! If you do go AET im sure you will enjoy it and find it a great career, but i just think the benfits of going in as an officer are so great that its at least worth a go.

Good luck with whatever you choose, might see you around one day?
 

Chewy

Midshipman
Chieftiff, Have the new AET branch badges come out yet? I cant seem to find one one anywhere. The navy website has all the other Technician badges except AET??
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
Chewy said:
Chieftiff, Have the new AET branch badges come out yet? I cant seem to find one one anywhere. The navy website has all the other Technician badges except AET??

Can't say as I have seen them Chewy but I will see if I can find out this afternoon.
 

schoolboy

Midshipman
can anyone give me any info about he AIB then and where to do the best research. i think i'd worry about the essay most if i went for it! and how do i know if my degree is accredited?? where can i find out?
 

fido

MIA
schoolboy said:
can anyone give me any info about he AIB then and where to do the best research. i think i'd worry about the essay most if i went for it! and how do i know if my degree is accredited?? where can i find out?

In this forum (The Fleet Air Arm), scroll down to "I'm going to apply to be an Aircrew Officer" - you will find much there. It doesn't matter what specialisation/branch you are applying for - the AIB seeks aptitude to be an officer not necessarily an in depth knowledge of specific subjects. If you have a degree, who should know if it is accredited or not and, additionally, should be an accomplished essayist by virtue of attaining that degree.
 

schoolboy

Midshipman
well just had a chat with the Officer Liason office and they informed me that only people with an accredited engineering degree can become an engineering officer and after some research i have found that my degree from bournemouth is not accredited by any engineering institute! a kick in the balls to say the least.

So to one of you's AEO/AETs out there...whats the whole promotion/pay scale like for someone who keeps their head down and works hard?? I know you start on £12k but how long till im leading rate and when are you usually ready to go for a commision...6-8 years is it??

problem is i could get a civvy grad job starting on 20k pretty quickly at the mo so i guess i need to know whether the RN life advantages of friends, teamwork and adventure is worth the £8k drop in wages?? Please give me all your opinions!!! thanks
 

Chewy

Midshipman
Schoolboy, ive asked all these questions before mate. If you look at, 'More info on AET please' in this forum some of your questions will be answered.

Basically you do start on 12K but that is just for basic and phase 2 training at sultan. so about 8 months, then it goes up to just over 14k. If you go fast-track i think you can get to PO within 5 years or maybe a bit less by then you should be looking at taking home just under 30k i think.

Im self employed at the mo but take home a good wage.So im taking a big paycut to join up. But for me the lifestyle and job security at this time of my life are v.important to me.

Think it will take some hard work to get commisioned within 6-8 years. Think 12-15 might be a bit more realistic. maybe someone in the know could enlighten us?
 

copenhagencup

Lantern Swinger
As for hands on as an AEO get yourself an appointment as a a workshops officer, then you will have all the time in the world and expert advice on how, to stick a Citroen diesel in a VW camper, or build yourself a Westfield, refurbish a boat, learn about compsites, milling turning, welding.
As an AET you are likely to be Flight servicing and cleaning as alot of the indepth stuff is now done by support teams, whether civvies or RN.
 
schoolboy

get yourself throug raleigh and into the wafu world. if is still your desire then get your CW papers raised asap. try to keep your fast track status by being a good boy and passing all your exams at Sultan and you will be back on LAET course in under two years. Still with the programme then you will come back 18 months after completion of LAET course for POAET. this course is accredited with Kingston University at FD level in Aero engineering and if possible you should be able to jump forward several steps by accreditation. pass this and if still hanging in there off you got to Portsmouth Uni for the final year - BSC - WARDROOM _ PINK GIN for you shipmate. hope to see you middle of 2007 at sultan
 

jungle_jim

Lantern Swinger
for me my advice is to look at the officer selection. you say about you lack of leadership skills and believe me there are plenty officers that lack leadership skills (and ratings also before the grunters slate me) but you will never know unless you try and you might also regret not trying. i wish i had but i am to old now. dont just think about tomorrow but also the future, PENSION!!! i know its years away for you but why not get the best you can. me as an ex AEM now mech your degree will be wasted. esp as an AET as believe me you will spend most of you life on a squardon sat in the line marshalling in the wind and rain whilst you AEO is sat in his/her nice warm office making decisions
 
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