THE BACKBONE OF THE ARMY
Engineering lays the foundations that keep this large organisation functioning as a high-performance unit.
There's a greater variety of equipment in the ADF than any other organisation in Australia, and helping to keep all that running smoothly makes engineering in the Army a hugely rewarding career. You could end up in the RAEME Corps, maintaining Australia's fleet of helicopters, or working as a mechanical engineer on anything from tanks and artillery to missile systems. As a Civil Engineer, you'll almost certainly be involved in vital disaster relief and peacekeeping operations overseas, while Combat Engineers can find themselves shoulder-to-shoulder with troops on the front lines, helping to clear mines or build bridges. Whatever your Corps, there's never a dull day in the Army.
If you already have a degree then becoming an Army Engineer is a great way to make the most of your qualification, especially if it has a strong mechanical or electrical engineering element to it. But there's more than one way into Engineering and we've got the roles and opportunities for you to build an amazing career - whether you've done Year 10, Year 12 or a post graduate degree. We can even help you financially if you've still got some studying to do (both Defence University Sponsorship and Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) offer subsidised study). What's important to us is that you're passionate about how things work, and committed to being part of a highly skilled group of men and women.
To determine which Engineering career you could apply for, select the degree stream that most closely resembles the title of your Bachelor of Engineering course. Degrees such as Biomedical, Chemical, Environmental and Mining engineering may be suitable if they contain significant Mechanical or Electrical Engineering components.
Please note that this is a guide only. There are some Army Engineering careers which do not require a university degree. You can find further details in each job's Education Requirements section.
Rebecca Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Officer
“Every day is something different. Sometimes you are doing logistical work, deploying to Timor to be a Liaison Officer, doing security tasks for the Commonwealth Games, or organising logistics for a mission rehearsal exercise for the soldiers that are deploying overseas.”
Army tradesmen build for future
Four engineers from the Afghan National Army (ANA) have commenced a series of Trade Courses at the Trade Training School in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, overseen by Australian Army Engineers. This is the first time that the ANA engineers have been assigned to participate in the full suite of courses offered by the Trade Training School and they will be trained in carpentry...
School rebuilt in Pakistan
Nine engineers deployed on Op Pakistan Assist II have conducted repair and reconstruction work at a school in Kot Addu earlier this month. The engineers spent two days working at the school, which had been damaged by the floods, to bring it up to a standard, which is now safe for staff and students. Lieutenant Cameron Hawkins, 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment (2CER), said the engineers...
New construction in Tarin Kot
Soldiers in Afghanistan are about to get new 'digs' with construction beginning on hardened accommodation facilities at the Multi-National Base, Tarin Kot in Uruzgan Province. These concrete buildings, coupled with two chalets of German-designed Drehtainers modular accommodation, will provide over 1350 additional hardened bed spaces for Australian personnel...
Helping the kids of East Timor
The International Stabilisation Force (ISF) and the Defence Cooperation Program (DCP) have partnered with the East Timorese Defence Force (F-FDTL) and the United States Navy to reconstruct the Nu Laran school in Dili. The Engineering Civic Action Program (ENGCAP) is one of many initiatives being conducted throughout Pacific Partnership 10, a US Fleet-sponsored mission...
Dan Petrie - Combat Engineer
Darwin soldier Dan Petrie, 22, was already almost 4,000kms from home on the Gold Coast, and now he’s even further away on the streets of East Timor. Dan is an Army engineer (a Sapper) and truck-driver who is part of the Australian-led International Stabilisation Force in East Timor...
Richard Pepper - Combat Engineer
Wattlegrove resident Richard Pepper is currently on the deployment of a lifetime, sailing around the Pacific on a United States Navy ship as part of Exercise Pacific Partnership 2011 (PP11)... but he almost didn’t make it. A combat engineer, or Sapper, in the Australian Regular Army, Richard had applied for the deployment before realising that his fourth child...