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Airfield Engineer Officer


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About the Job

The mission of the Air Force Airfield Engineering Specialisation is to provide appropriate infrastructure for the conduct and sustainment of effective combat and related air operations to the Air Force. To achieve this mission the Airfield Engineering Specialisation requires the ability to deploy both onshore and overseas to provide their vital enabling functions for the projection of Air Force's core air power capability.

The Airfield Engineering Organisation provides advice to the wider Air Force on infrastructure issues including the following:

  • Provision, protection and regeneration of air bases
  • Ability to rapidly deploy to, assess, prepare, maintain and regenerate both onshore and offshore military and civilian airfields
  • Protection and sustainment of air power and
  • Provision of infrastructure and expertise for passive defence and physical security to airfields.

As an Airfield Engineering Officer you will perform a broad range of engineering and military roles and hold significant responsibility. Using specialist military and technical civil engineering expertise you will be involved in management, delivery, assessment, maintenance, repair, regeneration and operation of the Air Force airfields, roads, buildings and engineering services. These activities are performed regularly on deployments to temporary and permanent airfields during expeditionary operations. Such activities could also be undertaken at any of the major RAAF Bases and at isolated temporary RAAF airfields or construction sites within Australia.

You will be working with a wide and varied workforce including RAAF tradesmen from plumbing, electrical, carpentry, plant operation and works supervision backgrounds, along with civilian contractors. Numerous posting opportunities exist in various areas including infrastructure/airfield assessment, estate planning, weapons effects on structures, construction management and management of mobile engineering teams.

After you complete Initial Officer Training, time and circumstances permitting you you may be placed in an Airfield Engineering Flight to gain exposure to a variety of job roles and exercises before commencing your employment training. On completion of your employment training you will be posted to new roles every 2-3 years. As a junior Airfield Engineering Officer you will experience various roles (discussed in greater detail below) including: a Base or Staff Engineering Officer position; Flight Commander of an Airfield Engineering flight; work delivering major facilities projects; and specific engineering based specialist positions. From this experience, you will develop as a competent engineering leader with increasing levels of responsibility along the way.

Duties of an Airfield Engineer (AFENG)

Across the spectrum of Airfield Engineering roles, the duties of an Airfield Engineer can include:

  • Provide airfield infrastructure to meet required operational capability
  • Understand basic airfield planning requirements and techniques
  • Manage Engineering works in support of deployed operations
  • Assess airfields including pavement integrity
  • Manage engineering infrastructure for point of entry airfields
  • Deliver facilities works
  • Develop facilities works
  • Review infrastructure development proposals
  • Review works proposals
  • Input weapon system master planning status
  • Participate in airfield inspections on RAAF Bases, and undertake airfield inspections on non-defence airfields
  • Represent the RAAF on infrastructure and utilities issues for natural disaster planning
  • Perform contingency planning
  • Develop, exercise and review, contingency plans for base passive defence, including the identification of resource options
  • Participate in exercise planning with particular emphasis on Airfield Engineering
  • Plan defence aid to the civil community
  • Assist in the preparation of base disaster plans
  • Perform pre and post exercise evaluation with respect to airfield infrastructure and engineering
  • Plan for contingency maintenance of plant and equipment
  • Manage construction stores
  • Perform strategic estate planning
  • Produce plans in accordance with endorsed strategic planning guidance and
  • Prioritise defence assets to meet strategic guidance requirements.

Employment conditions range from office based administratively oriented employment where specialist military and Airfield Engineering skills and competencies may be employed in such activities as planning and policy formulation. At the other end of the spectrum employment could be at an operational Airfield Engineering Unit with tradespersons and plant operators, where the majority of the Air Force's Airfield Engineering physical capabilities reside and are utilised and exercised. All junior officers in the Airfield Engineering category should expect at least one posting to an operational Airfield Engineering unit.

Roles of an Airfield Engineering Officer

The specific roles of an Air Field Engineering Officer include:

Base Airfield Engineering Officer:

The Air Force has Airfield Engineering Officers on most of the main Operational Air Bases. The role of these Officers is to be familiar with the Airfield Engineering infrastructure required to support air operations. The Airfield Engineering Officers are responsible for ensuring the functionality and development, familiarity and exercising of the airfield and other base infrastructure, with a focus on operational capability.

The Base Airfield Engineering Officer acts as a specialist adviser to the Base Commander. Duties include:

  • Act as a specialist adviser to the Base Commander
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the airfield infrastructure
  • Determine works priorities
  • Act as a specialist officer in the Base Command Post
  • Implement standing instructions
  • Liaise with Service Provider Programs and contractors
  • Identify facilities requirements
  • Negotiate delivery of works
  • Assess engineering works requirements and
  • Maintain and restore base engineering systems and infrastructure during exercises and contingencies.

Facilities Management within Defence Support and Reform Group (DSRG):

A Staff Officer in the DSRG, may be appointed as a Project Officer for individual capital new works projects, participate in the preparation of plans and programming for building, civil and mechanical/electrical engineering projects and also assist in the formulation of policy. Extensive liaison with design and construction organisations and other Government bodies, as well as interstate travel is involved in these duties.

Personnel posted to DSRG will be required as an expansion force in times of contingency and exercises, when they will be employed in operational positions associated with Airfield Engineering.

The key areas are that of project delivery, plans and regional operations. General descriptions of some of the activities undertaken in these areas are outlined below:

  • Strategic facilities planning
  • Proposal development and analysis
  • Detailed project development
  • Project delivery
  • Regional planning
  • Master planning
  • Initiation of reinvestment proposals
  • Land use assessments and
  • Provide specialist technical Airfield Engineering advice on Explosive Ordinates Safeguarding and airfield pavements.

Commander of an Airfield Engineering Flight:

Airfield Engineering Flights are located at Townsville (QLD) and Richmond (NSW), with a Headquarters contingent at Townsville.

The Flight Commander is responsible for the training and development of construction teams to cater for deployments overseas and military exercises. Construction projects, such as aircraft hangars and base camps are often undertaken in remote locations such as Learmonth (WA) and Curtin (WA). Additionally, new works projects may be undertaken at any RAAF establishment.

The primary role of the Airfield Engineering Flights is to provide engineering and facilities services and maintenance wherever the RAAF deploys its people and aircraft. Training in Battle Damage Repair to airfields, in conjunction with Army Engineers is also undertaken.

Staff Officer at a Headquarters:

Staff Officers provide specialist Airfield Engineering advice to commanders in a variety of environments, including headquarters and training establishments.

Any officer roles: Officers in the Air Force may also undertake a posting to an Any-officer role at some stage during their careers. Examples include instructor/training roles and staff officer roles. This helps to broaden the skill set of an Engineering Officer in preparation for more senior roles.

General Details of an Air Base

To enable the Air Force to meet its mission of being able to 'prepare for, conduct and sustain effective Air Operations to promote Australia's security', the Air Force depends on a huge geographically dispersed organisation with an intricate infrastructure. Airfield Engineering Officers, together with their associated non-commissioned specialists are involved in the management, delivery, assessment, repair, regeneration and operation of this infrastructure.

The Air Force's infrastructure consists of nine major Operational Air Bases, three Bare Bases, two Command Headquarters, ammunition depots, numerous exercise areas, air weapons ranges and other minor establishments. The facilities (land, buildings, permanent installations and engineering services) which constitute this infrastructure consist of many elements.

Components of an Air Base

Large Operational Air Bases are expected to support up to three thousand personnel during normal operations and many more during contingencies and have the following range of facilities:

Aircraft Operations:

  • Aircraft pavements and aprons
  • An air traffic control tower
  • A fire station
  • Air navigation aids
  • An engine run-up area
  • Avionics repair and calibration workshops
  • Weapons ranges
  • Fuel installations
  • Fuel delivery systems and
  • Ordnance storage and preparation areas.

Administrative Support:

  • Headquarters buildings
  • A medical/dental centre
  • Motor transport operations
  • Command, control and communication facilities
  • Aircraft passenger and cargo handling facilities and
  • Warehousing and equipment distribution facilities.

Engineering Services:

  • An emergency power station
  • Local emergency generators
  • Uninterrupted power supply systems
  • An electrical reticulation system
  • A sewage farm and reticulation system
  • Roads and carparks
  • Water storage and reticulation
  • Fire detection and suppression systems
  • Security systems and
  • Telecommunication system.

Engineering Support:

  • Aircraft maintenance workshops and
  • General engineering works.

Community and Recreational:

  • Playing fields
  • Swimming pools
  • Gymnasiums
  • Schools
  • Churches and
  • Cinemas.

Residential:

  • Sleeping accommodation and
  • Messes (hotel and recreational facilities services).
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Salary can be over $76,600 p.a. on completion of initial employment training. This salary includes Uniform and Service allowance.


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Key Information

Salary & Allowances

While studying at ADFA you will receive a salary of between approximately $40,300 and $65,100, based on a four year degree. Your salary will increase at the beginning of each school year.

These figures include a Training and Uniform Allowance but do not include the generous superannuation given to members of the Australian Defence Force.

During Military Training and (Initial) Employment Training, you may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

On graduation from ADFA your starting salary package will be approximately $76,600 per year plus generous superannuation. This includes Service and Uniform Allowances.

Salaries increase with rank, years of service and additional skills and qualifications gained.

Locations

As an Airfield Engineer you may be posted to QLD: Townsville, Amberley; NT: Darwin, Tindal; WA: Pearce; SA: Edinburgh; VIC: Laverton, East Sale; ACT: Canberra; and NSW: Richmond, Nowra, Glenbrook, Williamtown.

However, construction projects such as base camps and erection of temporary structures are often undertaken in remote locations including Learmonth (WA), Curtin (WA), Townsville (QLD), Shoalwater Bay (QLD) and Delamere Air Weapons Range (NT).


Requirements

Age

On the day you enter the Air Force you must be at least 17 years old and under 26.

Education & Experience

The requirements for acceptance into ADFA for a Airfield Engineer Officer career are completion of Year 12 (NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent) with passes in English, Mathematics, Physics and one other board developed course (or state equivalent) subject.

Applicants must:

  • Meet the minimum education requirements detailed above.
  • Have obtained an entrance rank high enough to qualify for entry to a relevant engineering degree program at the University of NSW at ADFA.

As well as applying to the Air Force for entry, you must also apply to the University through the Universities Admissions Centre (NSW and ACT). The UAC website is:

www.uac.edu.au

This entry mode attracts a debt greater than the maximum rate of HECS due to the higher costs associated with ADFA studies ($25,000 per annum). In general terms, this debt accrues (increases) whilst undertaking study, with the maximum debt reached on completion of study. Once the period of study has ended, the debt begins to acquit (reduce) for the remainder of your Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS). Once the IMPS period is complete, there is no remaining debt.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

When you embark on a career as an Airfield Engineer Officer through ADFA you'll be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of nine years.

IMPS commences on appointment as an Officer in the Air Force, however there is a grace period. This allows you to leave with no obligation if you change your mind and submit an application to resign. This must be submitted before 1st December in your second year of studies and is subject to approval.

Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to ADF needs and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding IMPS obligation and give a minimum of three months' notice.

Additional Requirements

Applicants must have held a provisional Aust C class licence for 12 months at the time of ADFA graduation.

Aptitude

The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.

Citizenship

Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. Details on the security requirements for all Air Force jobs can be found here.

Training

Military Training

Once you are settled in to the Australian Defence Force Academy you will undertake six weeks of military training, to prepare you for Service life. This is followed by the annual Chief of the Defence Force Parade, after which the academic year commences.

In between your academic studies, six hours a week are allocated to military training; this consists of Academy Military Education and Training (AMET) for all three Services as well as Single Service Training (SST).

SST blocks are held at the beginning and end of the year. Through this program cadets gain equivalent skills to those gained by non-ADFA applicants taking the Initial Officers Course.

During AMET you will learn about and get involved with:

  • Defence strategies

  • Psychology and leadership

  • Drug and alcohol awareness

  • Military law

  • Physical and recreational training

  • Military drill and ceremonial training

  • Weapons training

  • Field training

  • Character development

  • English and military communications and

  • Study skills.

You will also have breaks in study to go on academic field trips, military tours, excursions and adventure training exercises (including five weeks at the Officers' Training School , East Sale, VIC in Year 2).

Employment Training

Initial employment training for Airfield Engineers is undertaken in conjunction with the Australian Army School of Military Engineering in Sydney.

Royal Australian Engineers Regimental Officer Basic Course: 13 Weeks

Location: Army School of Military Engineering at Moorebank, NSW.

The intent of the course is to prepare new Airfield Engineer Officers to perform basic military civil engineering activities.

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

Your starting salary package on commissioning will be approximately $76,600 per year plus superannuation. This includes Service and Uniform Allowances.

During Military Training and (Initial) Employment Training, you may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Salaries increase with rank, years of service and additional skills and qualifications gained.

Locations

As an Airfield Engineer you may be posted to QLD: Townsville, Amberley; NT: Darwin, Tindal; WA: Pearce; SA: Edinburgh; VIC: Laverton, East Sale; ACT: Canberra; and NSW: Richmond, Nowra, Glenbrook, Williamtown.

However, construction projects such as base camps and erection of temporary structures are often undertaken in remote locations including Learmonth (WA), Curtin (WA), Townsville (QLD), Shoalwater Bay (QLD) and Delamere Air Weapons Range (NT).


Requirements

Age

Applicants must be a minimum of 17 years of age on day of entry. Maximum age on entry is 56 years of age.

Education & Experience

Applicants require a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering or related disciplines. The related discipline may include Structural/Construction Engineering, Construction Management or Architecture, but will require assessment by Air Force prior to consideration.

You may commence the selection process if you are in the final year of a four year Bachelor of Engineering Degree and can present your completed third year academic transcript. Your appointment will be subject to successful completion of the final semester of your Engineering Degree.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of two years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation and provide a minimum of three months notice.

Additional Requirements

Applicants must hold at minimum a provisional Aust C class licence for 12 months, and be able to drive a manual transmission. Applicants must be free of traffic infringements and/or offences that may result in future cancellation of the licence, or prevent the issue of an ADF Drivers Licence.

Aptitude

The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.

Citizenship

Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. Details on the security requirements for all Air Force jobs can be found here.

Training

Military Training

Initial Officer Training: 17 Weeks

Immediately upon joining the Air Force, direct entry officers will normally undertake the Initial Officer Course of 17 weeks duration. This is a live-in course completed at RAAF Base East Sale, located 220 kilometres east of Melbourne (VIC).

The major elements of the course involve introduction to military life, Air Force Values and attitudes, Ground Defence and Weapons training, Leadership and Personal Development, Communication Skills and Air Force Operations studies.

Further details on officer training are available on the Officers Training School website or refer to the Joining Instructions.

The information on the website and in the Joining Instructions will provide you and your family with enough information to arrange your personal affairs before appointment in the Air Force and give you an overview of the structure and requirements of the Initial Officer Course.

During Military (Initial Officer) Training and (Initial) Employment Training (if applicable), members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Employment Training

Initial employment training for Airfield Engineers is undertaken in conjunction with the Australian Army School of Military Engineering in Sydney.

Royal Australian Engineers Regimental Officer Basic Course: 13 Weeks

Location: Army School of Military Engineering at Moorebank, NSW.

The intent of the course is to prepare new Airfield Engineer Officers to perform basic military civil engineering activities.

This entry method is currently not recruiting

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

While studying at university you will receive a salary of between approximately $35,700 and $46,500, based on a four year degree. Your salary will increase at the beginning of each school year.

These figures do not include the generous superannuation given to members of the Australian Defence Force.

Your starting salary package on completion of academic, military and employment training will be approximately $76,600 per year plus superannuation. This includes Service and Uniform Allowances.

During Military Training and (Initial) Employment Training, you may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Salaries increase with rank, years of service and additional skills and qualifications gained.

Locations

As an Airfield Engineer you may be posted to QLD: Townsville, Amberley; NT: Darwin, Tindal; WA: Pearce; SA: Edinburgh; VIC: Laverton, East Sale; ACT: Canberra; and NSW: Richmond, Nowra, Glenbrook, Williamtown.

However, construction projects such as base camps and erection of temporary structures are often undertaken in remote locations including Learmonth (WA), Curtin (WA), Townsville (QLD), Shoalwater Bay (QLD) and Delamere Air Weapons Range (NT).


Requirements

Age

The maximum age for entry is such that an applicant must be able to complete their degree, any periods of postgraduate experience, or professional development placements and their Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation incurred under the scheme prior to compulsory retirement age (normally 60 years of age).

Education & Experience

You may commence the selection process if you have completed at least 6 months of a four year Bachelor of Civil Engineering Degree and can present your first Semester academic transcript. Your appointment will be subject to successful completion of:

  • A minimum of one full year of study of a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree or related discipline (the related discipline may include Structural / Construction Engineering, Construction Management or Architecture, but will require assessment by Air Force prior to consideration) and
  • Have no more than three years of study outstanding to complete all of the requirements for the award of your Degree and
  • Year 12 with passes in English and three other Board of Secondary School Studies registered subjects.

Applicants attempting Double Degrees will only receive funding allocation for one Degree.

This entry mode attracts a debt' roughly similar to the maximum rate of HECS costs ($10,000 per annum). In general terms, this debt accrues (increases) whilst you are undertaking study, with the maximum debt reached on completion of study. Once the period of study has ended, the debt begins to acquit (reduce) for the remainder of your Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS). Once the IMPS period is complete, there is no remaining debt.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) dependant on your length of sponsorship. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation and provide a minimum of three months notice.

The length of IMPS in total will depend on the duration of sponsorship. Any requirement for post-graduation experience, eg: medical residency, legal articles will be incorporated in your IMPS.

Your Careers Counsellor can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.

Additional Requirements

Applicants must hold at minimum a provisional Aust C class licence for 12 months, and be able to drive a manual transmission. Applicants must be free of traffic infringements and/or offences that may result in future cancellation of the licence, or prevent the issue of an ADF Drivers Licence.

Aptitude

The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.

Citizenship

Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. Details on the security requirements for all Air Force jobs can be found here.

Training

Military Training

Initial Officer Training: 1 week + 17 Weeks

During your first year of sponsorship you'll attend a one-week Familiarisation Course at RAAF Base East Sale, VIC. This will introduce you to basic military protocols and procedures.

Then following graduation you'll undertake a 17-week Initial Officer Course to learn about Air Force values and attitudes, and engage in:

  • Ground defence and weapons training
  • Leadership and personal development
  • Communication skills and
  • An introduction to Air Force operations.

For further details on officer training refer to the Joining Instructions. The information in the Joining Instructions will provide you and your family with enough information to arrange your personal affairs before appointment in the Air Force and give you an overview of the structure and requirements of the Initial Officer Course.

During Military (OTS) Training and any subsequent (Initial) Employment Training, members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Employment Training

Initial employment training for Airfield Engineers is undertaken in conjunction with the Australian Army School of Military Engineering in Sydney.

Royal Australian Engineers Regimental Officer Basic Course: 13 Weeks

Location: Army School of Military Engineering at Moorebank, NSW.

The intent of the course is to prepare new Airfield Engineer Officers to perform basic military civil engineering activities.