Graduate scheme

£30,000 - £35,000

As an Engineer Officer (Communications Electronics) you are responsible for leading the engineering activity that supports the RAF’s vast array of information technology, strategic communications services, satellite communications, air defence RADARs and the latest generation aircraft engineering and mission support systems.

What will you do?

  • Be ready to deploy all over the world, providing essential communication services in support of air operations, humanitarian aid and disaster relief
  • Provide engineering and mission support systems for the latest generation of aircraft
  • Specialise in cyber security helping to defend communication networks across defence
  • Manage and lead large teams of highly skilled technicians
  • Play a vital role in keeping lines of communication open

Minimum education requirements

  • An accredited Bachelors or Masters degree in an appropriate engineering, computing or scientific subject. - (Other degrees might be accepted at the discretion of the Engineer Specialist, please apply and this will be assessed on a case by case basis.)
  • Applicants must also have a GCSE at Grade C/4 or Scottish National 5 at Grade C in English Language


  • 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.

Engineering Sponsorship

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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£30,000 - £35,000

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