Graduate scheme

£30,000 - £35,000

As an Aerosystems Engineer Officer you will manage the maintenance and operation of the RAF's cutting-edge aircraft and supporting technology.

What will you do?

  • Ensure aircraft are ready to fly at all times
  • Provide engineering management for RAF aircraft maintenance
  • Oversee the safety of munitions and other explosive materials
  • Setting, influencing and maintaining air-safety policy and direction
  • Lead and manage large teams of highly-skilled technicians

Minimum education requirements

  • GCSE Grade C/4 or Scottish National 5 grade C in English Language
  • Have an accredited Bachelors or Masters degree in an appropriate engineering or scientific subject


  • Be aged 21 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • You must be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth (with ‘right to work’ immigration status). Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years will be considered.
  • Pass the Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre
  • Pass a Fitness test

Career, Training and Education

At any level or position your personal success is vital to make us succeed too. We are dedicated to your future, as it is essential to ours. You will receive basic and specialist training in your field and we even provide the option to pay for your education. The experience you gain with the RAF will equip you to work at the top of your field, both in the UK and overseas.


The DSUS scheme is open for students who will graduate from university from summer 2025. You must be studying a suitable Engineering/Cyberspace course (see eligibility criteria under Engineer Officer AeroSystems and Engineer Officer Communications/Electronics). All selected DSUS students will become a member of their local University Air Squadron, if they aren’t already. You’re encouraged to apply to join your local UAS on arrival at University, as being a UAS member allows you to be fast tracked through the RAF Bursary selection process. Being a part of the DSUS will give you unique, hands-on experiences that will prepare you for life beyond university, and in your future career.

Apply via the RAF careers website for sponsorship to start in the next academic year. Applications are open between 1 September and 31 March, but you’re strongly advised to apply by January.

Initially Register for your chosen Engineering Officer Specialisation (Aerosystems or Cyberspace Communications Electronics) from the link below, but when you start your formal Application select DSUS Cyberspace Officer or DSUS Eng (AS) Officer as your chosen role from the drop down menu; this will allow the sponsorship team to track your application.

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