Electronic Warfare Operator

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Interested in learning a foreign language? Then consider a career as an Electronic Warfare Operator gathering and analysing foreign communications to prepare sensitive documents and reports vital to Australia’s security.

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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.

Using our unique understanding of the electro-magnetic spectrum, communications systems, information technology and electronic warfare (listening to or interfering with enemy electronic transmissions), the Royal Australian Corps of Signals will enable highly dynamic command and control whilst disrupting that of any adversary. It is a respected and vital part of the Army that is proud of its heritage, operates cutting-edge technology, and always is looking to the future.

On the battlefield, RA Sigs provides commanders with the means of controlling the battle using a number of methods including radio, fibre optic, microwave, information systems and satellite links. By planning, deploying and maintaining robust, scalable, secure local and wide area networks, RA Sigs ensures the Army's information services are available 24/7 anywhere in the world.

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

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

There are two facets to the Electronic Warfare Operator category - Language Specialist and Technical Signals Specialist. As an Electronic Warfare Operator you will initially be employed as a Language Specialist. Depending on your aptitude, you may have the opportunity to be employed as a Technical Signals Specialist later in your career.

Electronic Warfare Operator – Language specialist.

If you have an interest in learning a foreign language, then a job as an Electronic Warfare Operator – Language specialist (EWOP-L) could be the job for you. On successful completion of a 22 week language course and additional specialist training, as an EWOP-L you will be gathering and analysing foreign communications using state-of-the-art electronic equipment then preparing sensitive documents and reports vital to Australia’s security.

Electronic Warfare Operator – Technical Signals specialist.

Electronic Warfare Operator – Technical Signals specialists (EWOP-T) are responsible for the interception and exploitation of electromagnetic emissions. In practice, this means that they use sophisticated search receivers and analytical devices in the interception of advanced and complex communications. To become an EWOP-T, you will need to be comfortable with the fundamentals of mathematics and science.

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

Both Electronic Warfare Operator jobs expect that you will have a high level of written and oral communications 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.

Both Electronic Warfare Operator 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.

While posted to tactical units, you will support traditional infantry and Special Forces on foot and in armoured vehicles. The strategic posting for the Electronic Warfare Operator 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 communications, intercept and specialist Electronic Warfare equipment from a variety of vehicles;
  • Work hours within a strategic location are mainly on a rostered shift basis; and
  • The Language specialist soldier acquires applied military language skills which are tailored to meet specific mission requirements. This does not prevent the Language specialist soldier from achieving a linguistic skill level that would allow them to be employed as professional interpreters later in their career. The language expertise of this soldier is focussed on military primary skills.
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