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Armament Engineering Officer


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About the Job

Air Force engineers lead an engineering team to help create and deliver Australian Defence Force (ADF) capability by applying engineering principles to acquire, sustain, maintain, and manage technology. They work on state aircraft, infrastructure, weapons, ancillary technical equipment and related aviation ground combat support systems like RADAR, SONAR, IT and networks; and operate within a defined engineering management framework comprising relevant ADF regulations and procedural guidance.

As an Engineer in the Air Force you would be able to be employed in roles where you are responsible for regulation, design, project management, logistics support and technical maintenance, to ensure technology is safely, efficiently and effectively employed to generate the required ADF capability. Additionally, as an Officer you are also responsible for the leadership, management, and welfare of technical and logistics personnel within the engineering environment.

Three of the Aerospace Engineer specialisations have similar roles. These are:

  • Aeronautical (AERO) - responsible for aircraft structures, propulsion and associated mechanical systems and ground support equipment
  • Armament (ARMO) - responsible for weapons, weapons systems and associated test equipment and bomb disposal; and
  • Electronic/Electrical (ELECTR) - responsible for airborne power generation and distribution, electronic/electrical control systems, instrument and navigation systems, automatic test equipment, communications, and radar and sonar equipment, heavy ground radar, ground telecommunication equipment and computer networks. ELECTR Officers can further specialise into aircraft related systems or Ground telecommunications related systems.

After you complete Initial Officer Training you will undertake a Professional Development and Training (PDT) year during which time you will rotate around different roles on a base every few months and undergo your employment training. After completing your PDT year, your first or second posting will likely be Maintenance Engineering or Engineering Management. You will be posted and rotated around new roles approximately every 3 years to gain the depth and breadth of experience required to develop you as a competent engineering leader with increasing levels of responsibility along the way.

Roles of an Aerospace Engineering Officer

The roles of Aerospace Engineers (AERO, ARMO and ELECTR) include:

Maintenance Engineering. Your initial employment in the Air Force would usually be as the officer in charge of a team of technical personnel and facilities associated with day to day maintenance and equipment overhaul at either a maintenance unit, or flying squadron. You will be one of up to half a dozen junior engineers under the guidance of the Senior Engineering Officer, responsible for contributing to the availability of airworthy aircraft or associated equipment by ensuring safe work practices and that other regulatory requirements are met. A flying squadron usually presents opportunities for travel and participation in operations and exercises in Australia and overseas.

Engineering Management. A posting to an Engineering Management role usually involves working in a Systems Program Office (SPO) within the Defence Material Organisation (DMO). SPOs provide engineering and logistics support to wings, squadrons and units. During the service life of an aircraft or item of technical equipment, Air Force Aerospace Engineers may lead a team to: monitor failure; evaluate proposed modifications and repair schemes; supervise and evaluate equipment trials; manage repair contracts; liaise with regulatory authorities; prepare financial estimates; and provide technical and logistics solutions to operational availability issues. To assist in those tasks you will have access to external organisations where you will liaise closely with your civilian counterparts. An engineering management role presents a great opportunity to build systems knowledge and work towards gaining Chartered Professional Engineering status with Engineers Australia.

Project management. As you progress through your career you can be posted into project management roles. These are typically within the DMO and involve either the engineering and maintenance aspects of large acquisition projects (e.g. the purchase of new aircraft and associated weapon systems), or as the manager of a specific engineering or maintenance project (e.g. the F/A 18 Hornet Upgrade Project) within a SPO. Project management roles often present opportunities for travel and the development of your business acumen.

Design Engineering. The Air Force needs professional engineers to sign off on the integrity of a system or piece of equipment to ensure continued airworthiness and safety. You may be posted to a position within a SPO, a regulatory authority, or a niche role (e.g. aerial delivery, operational test and evaluation etc) where you will develop your engineering authority so that you can make technical decisions on engineering changes such as software upgrades, modifications to equipment, system safety, and the approval of structural repairs to name a few. Later in your career, design engineering roles give you the opportunity for overseas Masters Programs sponsored by the technical airworthiness regulatory authority.

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.

With the constant introduction of new aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter for example) and equipment to Air Force, life as an Aerospace Engineering Officer is constantly challenging and changing. The Air Force provides many internal courses as well as offering the chance of post-graduate training, workshops and seminars at external institutions to help you meet these new challenges throughout your career.

Australian Defence Force Academy

Complete a university degree at ADFA whilst undertaking military and leadership training

Graduate

Make the most of your relevant degree joining fully qualified

Undergraduate

Join while still at university and have your remaining study fees sponsored

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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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This entry method is currently not recruiting

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

You may be posted to any Air Force Base within Australia or possibly overseas, although overseas posting are limited.


Requirements

Age

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

Education & Experience

To be eligible for admission to UNSW@ADFA, applicants must have completed Year 12 and obtained an entrance rank high enough to qualify for entry to the relevant degree program.

Further information on studying at ADFA is available here.

Assumed Knowledge Requirements

Assumed Knowledge is the level of subject knowledge that a lecturer or a tutor of a first year UNSW@ADFA course could reasonably expect of students enrolled in that course.

Assumed Knowledge is fundamental to the assessment of whether or not an applicant is likely to succeed and is taken into account by the ADF (during the recruiting process) and by UNSW@ADFA when assessing the application.

The specific Year 12 subjects that currently satisfy the UNSW@ADFA Assumed Subject Knowledge requirements for engineering applicants are (by State):

  • ACT: Majors in English, Mathematical Methods and Physics. Chemistry desirable
  • NSW: 2-Unit English; Mathematics (previously called NSW 2 Unit Mathematics), 2-Unit Physics or 2-Unit Senior Science (Multi-strand, including Physics) and 2-Unit Chemistry (desirable) or 2-Unit Senior Science (Multi-strand, including Chemistry) (desirable)
  • QLD: English, Mathematics B and Physics. Chemistry is desirable
  • SA/NT: English (or Year 11 plus Year 12 Language-rich subject), Mathematical Studies and Physics. Chemistry is desirable
  • TAS: One of the TCE English Group Choices; Mathematics Methods 5C and Physics 5C. Chemistry 5C is desirable
  • VIC: One of the VCE English Group Choices, Mathematical Methods 3 4 and VCE Physics. VCE Chemistry is desirable and
  • WA: English Literature or English, Mathematics (Calculus or Mathematics 3DMAT) and Physics. Chemistry is desirable.

Requirements are expressed as a minimum.

In States where Year 12 English may be replaced by a Humanities subject for the purposes of meeting Year 12 certificate requirements, the Assumed Knowledge is Year 11 English plus a Year 12 Humanities subject.

Note: All applicants for undergraduate programs at ADFA must also apply to the Universities Admissions Centre (NSW and ACT) for entry to the University of New South Wales. The Universities Admissions Centre website is http://www.uac.edu.au/

ADF Service Requirements

You should be aware that in addition to the UNSW @ ADFA Assumed Subject Knowledge requirements, there may be some Year 12 subjects that are ADF Service requirements.

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.

Aeronautical Engineer: BE (Aero or Mech)
Electronics Engineer: BE (Elec)
Armament Engineer: BE (Mech, Aero, Elec)
Airfield Engineer: BE (Civil)
Pilot: BSc, BA, BTech (Aero), BTech (Avn), BBus
Logistics Officer: BBus, BA
Personnel Capability Officer: BBus, BA (Business)
Intelligence Officer: BA, BSc, BTech (Aero), BBus
Air Combat Officer: BA, BSc, BTech (Aero), BTech (Avn), BBus and
Joint Battlefield Airspace Controller (Air Traffic Control): BA, BSc, BTech (Aero), BTech (Avn), BBus

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 Armament Engineering 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.

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

Once you have finished your Military Training and are posted, you'll complete a 3-week Aerospace Engineering Initial course at RAAF Base Wagga usually within 12 months of your first posting.

Aerospace Engineer Initial

The aim of the Aerospace Engineer Officer Initial Course is to graduate personnel with the underpinning knowledge, skills and attitudes required to fulfil an Aerospace Engineering Officer position within the Australian Defence Organisation engineering environment.

Mainly lecture based, with a visit to the Directorate General Technical Airworthiness and practical exercise components. The course consists of theory and practical instruction in the management of technical personnel, Australian Defence Force engineering and maintenance practice, the use of Australian Defence Force technical publications and occupational safety. The course is normally completed within the first year of being commissioned as an Aerospace Engineering Officer.

Engineer Officer Armament Specialist Course

Location: Defence Establishment Orchard Hills (DEOH), NSW

Duration: 14 weeks

Engineering Officers Armament Specialist Course graduates newly-appointed Armament Officers to effectively perform duties in Junior Engineer Armament Officer posts. This course provides theory and practical instruction in all aspects of airborne weapons and airborne weapons systems, including explosives, explosive ordnance and explosive ordnance facilities.

Graduates will be employed in the assessment of operation of: generic aircraft weapons systems, precision guided munitions, current ADF explosive ordnance and ground Defence weapons. Further employment will require the graduate to: perform the duties of Line Safety Officer, prepare explosive ordnance documentation, inspect explosive ordnance, perform disposal of explosive ordnance and analyse the technical performance of explosives.

Specialist category courses provide Aerospace Engineers with specific knowledge on the functions of their specialisation. The Engineer Armament Specialist Course covers theory and practical instruction in all aspects of weapons and weapons systems, including explosives, explosive ordnance and explosive ordnance facilities. The course is normally completed within two years of being commissioned as an Armament Engineering Officer.

Further Training

Further specialist courses provide Engineers with specific knowledge on the functions of their specialisation and are normally completed within the first 12 months of service.

Civilian Recognition

Aerospace Engineers are strongly encouraged by senior management to participate in the Engineers Australia/Australian Defence Force (EA/ADF) Graduate Development Program, once you have a few years experience and subject to a suitable rank you will be encouraged to participate in the Engineers Australia/Australian Defence Force Chartered Accreditation Program, giving you Chartered Professional Engineer status. Air Force will meet initial costs and once Chartered the ongoing cost of EA membership while you remain an Aerospace Engineer.

This entry method is currently not recruiting

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

You may be posted to any Air Force Base within Australia or possibly overseas, although overseas posting are limited.


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

The minimum requirement for entry as an Armament Engineering Officer is a four (4) year Bachelor of Engineering Degree permitting graduate membership of Engineers Australia (EA) as a professional engineer.

Engineering Degrees deemed suitable are as listed below. The applicant's discipline will govern the sub-specialisation in which the person will be employed. Engineering degrees other than those listed below will be considered on a case by case basis.

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical
  • Avionics
  • Chemical
  • Electrical
  • Electronics
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics

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.

Degree qualified officers normally start their careers at one rank higher that non-graduate officers.

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 three 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.

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

Once you have finished your Military Training and are posted, you'll complete a 3-week Aerospace Engineering Initial course at RAAF Base Wagga usually within 12 months of your first posting.

Aerospace Engineer Initial

The aim of the Aerospace Engineer Officer Initial Course is to graduate personnel with the underpinning knowledge, skills and attitudes required to fulfil an Aerospace Engineering Officer position within the Australian Defence Organisation engineering environment.

Mainly lecture based, with a visit to the Directorate General Technical Airworthiness and practical exercise components. The course consists of theory and practical instruction in the management of technical personnel, Australian Defence Force engineering and maintenance practice, the use of Australian Defence Force technical publications and occupational safety. The course is normally completed within the first year of being commissioned as an Aerospace Engineering Officer.

Engineer Officer Armament Specialist Course

Location: Defence Establishment Orchard Hills (DEOH), NSW

Duration: 14 weeks

Engineering Officers Armament Specialist Course graduates newly-appointed Armament Officers to effectively perform duties in Junior Engineer Armament Officer posts. This course provides theory and practical instruction in all aspects of airborne weapons and airborne weapons systems, including explosives, explosive ordnance and explosive ordnance facilities.

Graduates will be employed in the assessment of operation of: generic aircraft weapons systems, precision guided munitions, current ADF explosive ordnance and ground Defence weapons. Further employment will require the graduate to: perform the duties of Line Safety Officer, prepare explosive ordnance documentation, inspect explosive ordnance, perform disposal of explosive ordnance and analyse the technical performance of explosives.

Specialist category courses provide Aerospace Engineers with specific knowledge on the functions of their specialisation. The Engineer Armament Specialist Course covers theory and practical instruction in all aspects of weapons and weapons systems, including explosives, explosive ordnance and explosive ordnance facilities. The course is normally completed within two years of being commissioned as an Armament Engineering Officer.

Further Training

Further specialist courses provide Engineers with specific knowledge on the functions of their specialisation and the tasks for which they are responsible. This training will be provided as required.

Civilian Recognition

Aerospace Engineers are strongly encouraged by senior management to participate in the Engineers Australia/Australian Defence Force (EA/ADF) Graduate Development Program, once you have a few years experience and subject to a suitable rank you will be encouraged to participate in the Engineers Australia/Australian Defence Force Chartered Accreditation Program, giving you Chartered Professional Engineer status. Air Force will meet initial costs and once Chartered the ongoing cost of EA membership while you remain an Aerospace Engineering Officer.

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

You may be posted to any Air Force Base within Australia or possibly overseas, although overseas postings are limited.


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 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 Engineering Degree 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 (Air Force ONLY).

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

Engineering Degrees deemed suitable are listed below. The applicant's discipline will govern the sub-specialisation in which the person will be employed. Engineering degrees other than those listed will be considered on a case by case basis.

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical
  • Avionics
  • Chemical
  • Electrical
  • Electronics
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics

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.

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

Once you have finished your Military Training and are posted, you'll complete a 3-week Aerospace Engineering Initial course at RAAF Base Wagga usually within 12 months of your first posting.

Aerospace Engineer Initial

The aim of the Aerospace Engineer Officer Initial Course is to graduate personnel with the underpinning knowledge, skills and attitudes required to fulfil an Aerospace Engineering Officer position within the Australian Defence Organisation engineering environment.

Mainly lecture based, with a visit to the Directorate General Technical Airworthiness and practical exercise components. The course consists of theory and practical instruction in the management of technical personnel, Australian Defence Force engineering and maintenance practice, the use of Australian Defence Force technical publications and occupational safety. The course is normally completed within the first year of being commissioned as an Aerospace Engineering Officer.

Engineer Officer Armament Specialist Course

Location: Defence Establishment Orchard Hills (DEOH), NSW

Duration: 14 weeks

Engineering Officers Armament Specialist Course graduates newly-appointed Armament Officers to effectively perform duties in Junior Engineer Armament Officer posts. This course provides theory and practical instruction in all aspects of airborne weapons and airborne weapons systems, including explosives, explosive ordnance and explosive ordnance facilities.

Graduates will be employed in the assessment of operation of: generic aircraft weapons systems, precision guided munitions, current ADF explosive ordnance and ground Defence weapons. Further employment will require the graduate to: perform the duties of Line Safety Officer, prepare explosive ordnance documentation, inspect explosive ordnance, perform disposal of explosive ordnance and analyse the technical performance of explosives.

Specialist category courses provide Aerospace Engineers with specific knowledge on the functions of their specialisation. The Engineer Armament Specialist Course covers theory and practical instruction in all aspects of weapons and weapons systems, including explosives, explosive ordnance and explosive ordnance facilities. The course is normally completed within two years of being commissioned as an Armament Engineering Officer.

Further Training

Further specialist courses provide Engineers with specific knowledge on the functions of their specialisation and are normally completed within the first 12 months of service.

Civilian Recognition

Aerospace Engineers are strongly encouraged by senior management to participate in the Engineers Australia/Australian Defence Force (EA/ADF) Graduate Development Program, once you have a few years experience and subject to a suitable rank you will be encouraged to participate in the Engineers Australia/Australian Defence Force Chartered Accreditation Program, giving you Chartered Professional Engineer status. Air Force will meet initial costs and once Chartered the ongoing cost of EA membership while you remain an Aerospace Engineer.