Electronic Warfare Operator

  • Help
  • Show All Jobs

Electronic Warfare Operators fight in the electromagnetic spectrum. They work in small teams, using the latest electronic equipment to turn the enemy’s communications against them. In times of peace and war, electronic Warfare operators are the ever-vigilant electronic ‘ears’ of the Army.

Job Details

Other Ranks (Non Technical)

Electronic Warfare Operators are members of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals (RA Sigs). The role of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals is to provide communications, information systems and electronic warfare (CISEW) support to the Army and the Australian Defence Force to allow command and control of deployed forces in peace, crisis and conflict on any operation anywhere in the world.

The control of the electromagnetic spectrum offers a decisive advantage in modern warfare and Electronic Warfare (listening to or interfering with enemy electronic transmissions) is a critical contribution to the Army's combat capability.

The position of an Electronic Warfare (EW) Operator is the base trade of the Electronic Warfare field and operates a large range of complex, state-of-the-art electronic intercept, monitoring and jamming equipment, in both tactical and strategic environments. As a member of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals, the successful applicant will be operating the latest in electronic equipment.


Electronic Warfare specialists are required to excel in one or more specialisations, and will  attend a wide range of specialist courses throughout their career. Most specialisations involve gathering and analysing foreign communications in various forms using state-of-the-art electronic equipment and analytical devices.

As an Electronic Warfare Operator, you will be responsible for Operating a variety of modern static and field radio communications and operating specialist Electronic Warfare equipment.

The Electronic Warfare Operator job expects that you will have a high level of written and oral communication skills, be able to think logically and objectively, perform well under pressure and have strength of conviction. You must also have a well developed analytical approach to problem solving. You will have a positive and responsible attitude to the handling of classified material and a commitment to protecting information sensitive to national interests. At the tactical level, you will be required to take immediate action on information about potentially life threatening situations, so you will be expected to make decisions with a sense of urgency. 

Electronic Warfare specialists are information collectors, managers and processors of information and must be competent in the use of information technology systems and be capable of rapidly assimilating and adapting to newly introduced technology. Almost all Electronic Warfare equipment is driven by software, and so the Electronic Warfare specialist must be able to understand and use a variety of unique software applications.

The first unit for Electronic Warfare specialists is always tactical, where you will support traditional infantry and armoured forces on foot and in vehicles. Later postings can include supporting Special Forces and also strategic organisations. The strategic posting for the Electronic Warfare specialist is located in Canberra where you will work in a comfortable air-conditioned building employed on a rotational shift. You will operate the latest in electronic equipment in both tactical and strategic environments.

Main Job Functions:

• Operate a variety of modern static and field radio and wireless communications systems, intercept and specialist Electronic Warfare equipment from a variety of vehicles; and

• Work hours within a strategic location are mainly on a rostered shift basis.