Urgent Help and Advice Needed!

Macca86

Midshipman
Hello, i am currently going through the navy recruitment process and i am thinking about joining as an AET. I would just like to ask a few questions to the people who do the job and can answer me.

Firstly, at the moment i am doing a manufacturing Engineering apprenticeship and will complete it in june, the job is very very repetative and mind numbing as i make the same things everyday, i am wondering is the work of an Aet very repative as mine is now,

Also i am very interested in electrical engineering and i am wondering if Aet is best trade to learn this, and if not which is? I have also considered submarine service as i have family who live near by, what is the maximum time at sea and is it true aboard a submarine you get more responsibilties and learn the trade quicker? i also want to know which career would be best to secure a well paid career in engineering after the navy(such as aircraft work or offshore oil rigwork),

All in all i would just like to know which would be the best trade for me to do, i am looking for one that is different everyday and involves repair, fixing things and problem solving as this is what i believe i enjoy.

Sorry for the long post and i eagearly await any replies and advice. (i posted this before but i think in the wrong section, sorry)
 

Macca86

Midshipman
no 1 able to help then? Any one who is an aet give me some info , what hours do you work do you work weekends? is the work varied? where would i be based as an aet?
 

andym

War Hero
Macca try posting in the Fleet Air Arm forum,i am sure youll find what you want in there shippers.
 

scabz

Lantern Swinger
My ten pennorth. I reckon that AET is a pretty specialised subject, but for a good all round general electrical education (from high power to controls and instrumentation) with a real engineering challenge, you can't beat submarines. OK I'm biased.
Submarine engineering is a well respected trade out there in industry.
 

Macca86

Midshipman
scabz what are you doing on submarines? any chance i could talk to you about them, would greatly appreciate it!
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
Macca86 said:
no 1 able to help then? Any one who is an aet give me some info , what hours do you work do you work weekends? is the work varied? where would i be based as an aet?
You will work a 40-45 hour week when ashore on a shift system either 24 on-24 off or some madcap RAF 'shift' system designed to cream those very last waking moments from you and typically a 50 hour week. Those hours may include weekends but it very much depends where you are. On ops or at sea expect to work as many hours as it takes, typically on a Harrier Sqdn whilst embarked we work a permanent 8 hours on-8 off for the entire period at sea. But we don't work too hard when the ship is alongside, much to the distress of our fishead friends!
 

Macca86

Midshipman
thankyou, also where would i be likely to be based? do i get to state my preference? and finally if i want 2 be mainly concerned with electric engineering would ths trade be the correct choice if not which other would be best for electrical engineering? thanks and all the best
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
As an AET you would be based at either Culdrose in Cornwall if you work on Merlin, Yeovilton in Somerset if you work on Lynx/ Commando Sea King or RAF Wittering/ RAF Cottesmore in the East Midlands if you were on Harriers. AET's are all traded ie they are both mechanical and Electrical until they are traded for Leading HAnds course. You will get a certain amount of choice with respect to aircraft type, location and ultimately trade.
 

Macca86

Midshipman
thakyou chieftiff, you have been extremely helpful, finally do you get a say on the type of aircraft you want to work on and do you do helicopter survival courses etc to prepare for if an accident ever occured?
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
You do get to choose what you would like to work on, but there is no guarantee, needs of the service and all that. It is however quite rare not to get your choice. If you work on Helicopters and regularly fly (on and off ship etc) you will be required to do the dunker training (helo escape trainer) at yeovilton.

Do not under any circumstances join until you have completed your current apprenticeship, no matter what the AFCO say!!!
 

Macca86

Midshipman
thanks, What do you work on may i ask? and are you avionics or mechanical? Do you enjoy it? and finally u mentioned a 24 hour system is that 7-12 and then 12 -10.30 the following day?
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
I don't work!!!!!!! I am a Chief! I get paid for what I know not what I do.

No seriously I am of the mechanical trade and work on Harrier GR7/ 9. I have worked on others, Sea Harrier, Sea king all Mks and Wessex.
 

Macca86

Midshipman
ok, what is most enjoyable of what you have worked on or where they all similar?
also is it easy to gain employment in this type of work outside of the royal navy?
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
The aircraft type is fairly irrelevant to be honest, it will always be about the guys you work with, the places you go and the experiemces you gather. I like jet aircraft because I like the sense of job satisfaction when they roar up the runway, however I probably felt the same about Sea Kings when I was flying around in them.

One thing you can be sure off there will never be a shortage of work in the aviation industry! Jobs are abundant and you can pretty much choose where you want to work in the World. I know 2 RAF Cpls who have left in the last 3 months both have jobs in Arizona on circa $45000 and one AET who has just gone to France on £32000.
 

Macca86

Midshipman
it sounds as though if you stick at it there is a good career ahead and money to be made!,so the shifts are 24 hour what do you mean by that? do you work a full 24 hour day then the next day off? Do you have any idea what they will ask me at my interview on thursday or any tips or advice for me?
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
24 hour about would be say: Work 0730 Monday morning until 1200 Monday then you are off, start again 1200 Tuesday until 2300 then go home get some sleep come back in 0730 and so on........... Actual work times will vary by unit.

I have no idea what they will ask you but if it's your first interview I would be interested in why you wanted to join.
 
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