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!