Ex Military Engineering Introduction


The MOD operates the largest and most advanced vocational training organisation in the UK – the Defence College of Technical Training (DCTT). The DCTT trains 3000 – 4000 personnel at any one time in order to maintain the engineering trades by matching outflow to keep the Military at ‘steady state’. This means that the MoD is pumping roughly 2000+ trained engineering personnel into civvi street every year. Some companies have taken full advantage of the versatile tradesmen leaving the Military.

The trades which can be found leaving the Armed Forces are;

  • Vehicle Mechanics (dual skilled)
  • Recovery Mechanics
  • Aircraft & Avionics Technicians
  • Engineering Technicians
  • Weapons Engineers
  • Fabricators
  • Metalsmiths
  • Technical Storemen
  • Shipwrights
  • Geographic Technician
  • Equipment Mechanic
  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Fitters
  • Heating & Plumber Engineer
  • Design Draughtsman
  • Construction Materials Technician
  • Surveyor
  • Bricklayer & Concreter
  • Metal worker
  • Carpenter & Joiner
  • Building & Structural Finisher
  • Plant Operator Mechanic


While the names can be specific, this is a versatile pool of potential personnel. Every trade is taught to be a generalist before specialising, so have a huge range of knowledge across Engineering. XMR has personal and professional links into the regiments, corps, and trade branches in which these personnel work. We maintain these links by hiring our recruiters direct from the trades they recruit within.

Military expertise include;

  • NVQ’s Level 3 Advanced in Engineering Maintenance
  • Experienced Engineering Leaders
  • Servicing, Repairing and Inspecting to DVSA regs
  • Working with CAN-BUS, Electric, Hydraulic and Pneumatics
  • Working with maintenance manuals, technical drawings and electrical diagrams
  • Policy, Project & Programme Managers/Leaders
  • LEAN principles and 6 Sigma
  • HVAC, NEBOSH, LOLER experience and qualifications
  • Degree and Masters level including EngTech, IEng and CEng
  • Various other NVQ’s, C&G’s and HNC/HND’s at all levels


All qualifications can be obtained by any candidate if needed for a specific role via our own XMR training school.

Having effectively placed numerous multi-skilled, electrical, mechanical, maintenance and network engineers our connections within this sector is becoming hugely beneficial. Many Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), Royal Engineers (RE), Navy and RAF personnel are continuing their careers in this field successfully.