Information Systems Technician

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Other Ranks (Non Technical)

The majority of Army communications personnel receive their communications training at the Defence Force School of Signals (DFSS) at Macleod, VIC. You won't find technical and communication schools with a better teacher/student ratio or better equipment and facilities. DFSS is dedicated to giving you the best technical and communications qualification possible.

So you'll have a real edge in life and be assured of success in whatever employment category you choose. Unlike any other school of its kind, you will be paid while you learn and guaranteed a job when you graduate. And because you'll learn to be a soldier as well as a qualified technician person, you'll also develop a wide range of additional skills including self-discipline, confidence and a real sense of leadership.

Common Corps Training

Duration: 20 Days.

Location of Training: Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks Macleod, Victoria.

This course provides basic Royal Australian Corps of Signals skills in radio, line laying and computing and is a prerequisite for all Australian Regular Army RA Sigs trade courses.

Information Systems Technician (ECN 661-2) course (ARA)

Duration: 147 Days.

Location of Training: Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks Macleod, Victoria.

Training incorporates a wide variety of Information Technology (IT) subjects ranging from fundamentals of computing, fault finding hardware and software problems and network operating systems. Subjects include installation of applications, peripheral devices, operating a help desk, data communications and operation of a Deployable Local Area Network (DLAN).

On the successful completion of this course you will receive Pay Grade 3. You will be posted to a major RA Sigs unit and through on-the-job training obtain the skills and experience to be an effective member of an Information Systems detachment. A minimum of 12 months to consolidate your training is mandatory before you progress to Pay Grade 4.

It should be noted that there might be periods of time between courses conducted at DFSS. Should this occur, soldiers will be provided with both meaningful employment and refresher training.

Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

Combat Signaller (ECN 660) course

Duration: 16 Days.

Location of Training: Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks Macleod, Victoria and at your local Reserve Unit.

This course provides basic Royal Australian Corps of Signals skills in radio, line laying and computing and is a prerequisite for all RA Sigs trade courses. On the successful completion of this course you will be entitled to Pay Grade 1.

Information Systems Technician (ECN 661-1) course (ARes)

Duration: 2 modules (1 x Distance Education module conducted over 6 months and 1 x 16 day residential modules).

Location of Training: At your local Reserve Unit and at Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks, Macleod, Victoria.

Training incorporates a wide variety of Information Technology (IT) subjects ranging from IT Fundamentals, fault finding hardware and software problems and network operating systems. Subjects include build a personal computer, connect peripheral devices, build a basic IP network and apply Defence Information Systems security. On the successful completion of this course you will receive Pay Grade 2.

Information Systems Technician (ECN 661-2) course (ARes)

Duration: 16 Days (Residential).

Location of Training: Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks, Macleod, Victoria.

Training incorporates a wide variety of IT subjects ranging from operating Cryptographic devices and deploying and maintaining a deployable local area network. Subjects include preparing IT equipment to deploy in the field, provide basic IT administration and operate within a Deployable LAN detachment. On the successful completion of this course you will receive Pay Grade 3.

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