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Motor Mechanic (Ground Support Equipment Technician)


An exciting role maintaining a wide and varied range of hydraulic, electrical equipment and systems, in a range of environments all over Australia.

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About the Job

Motor Mechanic (Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Technicians) can be equated to civilian Motor Mechanics; but that's where the similarity ends. As a Motor Mechanic GSE Technician you are not just involved in the maintenance of motor vehicles, but also aircraft ground support systems, aircraft arrester systems, materials handling equipment (forklifts/aircraft loaders), refuelling vehicles and equipment, diagnosis and rectification of faults in mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems and the testing and servicing of ground support equipment, workshop plant and machinery. GSE Technicians are also responsible for the operation of the ground and aviation fuel installations.

After gaining some experience in the GSE world, tradesmen will be required to attend our tailored electrical/electronic training. GSE Technicians continue to do the duties of a Motor Mechanic but are also responsible for the maintenance of ground support equipment electrical systems, ground radar mechanical installations and refrigeration/air-conditioning systems. The additional training will enable this.

Post-graduate training is available on a number of specialist systems including Aircraft Arrester Systems, Fuel Installations and Fuel Quality Control.

Working Conditions. The working environment for GSE personnel varies according to the equipment being used and the area of operations. Areas of operations may include workshops (MEOMS), Force Element Groups (FEGS) supporting Squadron activities, Headquarter (HQ) Units, training establishments, and field deployments within Australia and overseas. Generally, work is performed in workshops that offer protection from adverse environmental conditions and provide the relevant support equipment necessary to accomplish a particular task (hoists, power/air tools, etc). However, due to the inherent nature of the mustering, combined with the unique nature of the Defence role, GSE personnel may, on occasion, find themselves exposed to various uncomfortable working situations. Such situations can include; working outdoors, inclement weather, working at heights, cramped or awkward working positions, confined working spaces, poor light conditions, dirt, grease, noise, vibration, and fumes emitted from aircraft and vehicles.

Hazards. Inherent hazards exist associated with employment in the GSE environment that are a potential source for personal injury. Such injuries could range from minor cuts to serious injuries inflicted by machinery, plant and equipment, skin and/or eye damage from chemicals, fuels and lubricants, electrical shocks and burning or scalding.

Training in Safe Working Practices, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are provided to afford protection and guidance for personnel working in hazardous areas.

Physical Effort. The use of tools normally associated with the trade will usually be encountered on a daily basis. On occasions, heavy and awkward objects must be manoeuvred in and around confined spaces; therefore, a high level of physical co-ordination and manual dexterity is essential. Overall, a high level of accuracy and speed of movement is required in most tasks, particularly when operating machinery or machine tools.

Contact with Others. Continual contact with Service and civilian personnel is encountered in this trade. Normal communication and co-operation skills are required to avoid workplace friction and to maintain effective working relations. Additionally, Defence maintains a defined rank structure in order to maintain discipline and provide managerial oversight. Therefore, protocols are in-place that need to be understood and respected.

Trade Criticality. The duties of a Ground Support Equipment tradesperson are critical to the operational effectiveness of the RAAF as a number of items maintained by GSE personnel interface directly with aircraft. The trade performs a critical role in exercising judgement to ensure continued integrity of vehicles and Ground Support Equipment and so, by extension, the integrity of Defence aircraft.

Handling of Classified Documents and Equipment. During the course of their duties, Ground Support Equipment trades people may be required to handle classified documents and equipment.

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Salary can be over $63,800 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

National Qualifications

On completion of your Competency Log Book (Journal) you will be awarded:

  • Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Vehicle Road Transport) and
  • Certificate II in Automotive Mechanical Air Conditioning.

Salary & Allowances

Each General Entry trade in the ADF is placed into specific Pay Grades (1 - 10) that are based on the skills and qualifications that an individual possess. Beginning at Corporal level, each Pay Grade has up to three different levels with progressive pay increases at each level. Current Pay Grades within the GSE mustering are as follows:

  • Ground Support Equipment Fitter Grade 1 Pay Grade 3 (AC to LAC)
  • Advanced Ground Support Equipment Fitter Pay Grade 4 (LAC)
  • Ground Support Equipment Technician Pay Grade 5 (LAC to CPL)
  • Ground Support Equipment Technician Supervisor Pay Grade 6 (CPL to FSGT) and
  • Ground Technical Manager Pay Grade 6 (FSGT to WOFF).

Partially Qualified Entrant:

You will be enlisted as an Aircraftman / Aircraftwoman and because of your trade qualifications you will be paid the AC GSEFITT1 rate on Pay Grade 3 of $1,888 per fortnight ($49,228 per year)* upon enlistment. After completing any necessary training at ALTC and undergoing an additional 12 months experience at a Unit and completing your Journal, you will be eligible for promotion to LAC Advanced GSEFITT.

Note: At this point, GSEFITTs will be expected to undertake the additional technician training.

Trainee Entrant:

You will be enlisted as an Aircraftman / Aircraftwoman Recruit (ACR/ACWR) and remain at that level until graduation from 1RTU. During Recruit training you will be paid at the rate of $1,321 per fortnight ($34,460 per year).* After leaving 1RTU, you will be attached to ALTC as an AC Trainee and paid at the rate of $1,511 per fortnight ($39,383 per year) and increases to $1,699 per fortnight ($44,305 per year) after 12 months of training. While under training, you will also receive $366 per fortnight ($9,552 per year pro rata) Trainee Allowance. After successful completion of Initial Employment Training at ALTC you will be re-graded to AC GSEFITT1 on Pay Grade 3 at the rate of 1,842 per fortnight ($49,228 per year).

Service Allowance:

Defence recognises that Service life can often impose unique requirements on personnel. In order to compensate for this, all personnel (with the exception of those undergoing Recruit Training and Trade Training) are paid Service Allowance at the rate of $497 per fortnight ($12,924 per year) in addition to the base salary.

Uniform Allowance:

Initial uniform issue is free of charge to all recruits. After that first issue personnel are expected to maintain their uniform in good condition and replace where necessary. In order to assist members in maintaining their uniform, an allowance of $419 per year is provided. This amount increases to $504 at Sergeant level and is in addition to the base salary and is paid in fortnightly increments in the normal pay.

Example 1. An LAC Advanced GSEFITT would be earning:

Salary ($53,465) + Service Allowance ($12,924) + Uniform Allowance ($419) = $66,808 per year.*

Example 2. A Sergeant GSETECH Supervisor on Pay Grade 6, Level 3, would be earning:

Salary ($76,096) + Service Allowance ($12,924) + Uniform Allowance ($504) = $89,524 per year.*

Salary will continue to increase based on rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank.

Refer to the Salary Scales and the Pay Benefits section for further details.

* Note: These figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); or superannuation.

Locations

Members may be posted to most Air Force bases and other Defence Establishments within Australia, as well as limited overseas opportunities.


Requirements

Age

Applicants must be aged between 17 and 53 years of age inclusive on entry.

Applicants will not be allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however they may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years and six months of age, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.

Education & Experience

Unqualified Entry

It is essential that you have completed Year 10 with passes in English, Mathematics and Science (preferably with a physics component). Note: Consumer Maths, General Maths and Modified Maths subjects are not suitable,

or

If you do not satisfy the education requirements for this trade or do not possess evidence of your educational attainment there is an alternative pathway available to you.

You may be eligible to sit an Alternative Education Equivalency (AEE) Assessment to ascertain your ability at the required educational level for this trade.

Further information is available here.

Note: Reserve Unqualified Entry is limited due to the training requirements for the member and the unit.

Direct Entry (Partially Qualified)

Partially qualified entrants need to provide evidence (certified documentation) that they have either:

  • Completed a motor mechanic apprenticeship / traineeship in alignment with the Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair, Certificate III in Automotive (Mechanical-Heavy Vehicle Road Transport); or Certificate III training in Automotive (Mechanical Light Vehicle).
  • Evidence of qualifications and experience to allow the Technical Trade Sponsor to apply RPL* for statements of attainment held.

Additional trade training to achieve full (Heavy Vehicle) trade competence will be provided at ALTC following a formal RPL* process.

Note: You must have a pass in Year 10 English in addition to holding the relevant trade qualification.

If you do not satisfy the education requirements for this trade or do not possess evidence of the required educational attainment, there is an alternative pathway available to you.

You may be eligible to sit an Alternative Education Equivalency (AEE) Assessment to ascertain your ability at the required educational level for this trade.

Further information is available here.

Applicants applying for qualified entry must provide proof of high school results in addition to original trade certificates, units of competency results and a current resume to their Careers Counsellor. These documents will then be forwarded to the Recruiting Liaison Officer (RLO-1) at Directorate of Personnel - Air Force for review by the Air Force Technical Trade Sponsor to establish eligibility for qualified enlistment.

* Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process whereby applicants are assessed for the purpose of granting credit for previously gained skills and/or knowledge relevant to the competency/learning outcome. RPL assessments may be performed during the induction process and any credits awarded will be documented as a condition of enlistment. In some instances, an individual beginning Initial Employment Training (IET) may undergo challenge testing' in his/her field at the relevant Defence training facility and be awarded credits for tested competencies with successful outcomes. Any credits granted effectively reduces the time that an individual may spend at the training facility. Applicants are to note that although certain civilian competencies may appear to be suitably transferable, the unique nature of the Defence environment may dictate that additional training is required in that area to satisfy Service needs and exigencies.

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

Qualified entrants are enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of four years. Entrants requiring trade training with a duration in excess of 26 weeks are enlisted with an IMPS of six years.

Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may request discharge 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 seeking employment as a Motor Mechanic (Ground Support Equipment Technician) should satisfy the following civilian driver licence requirements:

a. Hold a National Licence Class - Car (C) issued by the relevant Australian State or Territory Vehicle Licencing Authority and may be either 'Open' or 'Provisional'.

Note 1: Applicants with a Provisional Class C licence with less than 12 months driving experience, may be restricted in driving a number of specific commerical Defence B Vehicles.

Note 2: For lateral recruits or Service transfers a recognised equivalent Class C licence either 'Open' or 'Provisional' would apply.

Note 3: As required, Air Force will provide specialist vehicle training and then shall issue an Australian Defence Force Licence to authorise members to operate specialist vehicles.

b. The Class C Licence is for a manual transmission and not an automatic or clutchless manual transmission.

c. Be free of traffic infringements and/or offences that may result in the future cancellation of the licence or prevent the issuing of an ADF Licence.

Further attributes

Ideally applicants will:

  • Possess well-developed hand-skills and hand-eye coordination
  • Demonstrate attention to detail
  • Be prepared to sustain periods of heavy lifting
  • Be prepared to work under pressure
  • Be comfortable working in confined spaces and
  • Demonstrate ability to analyse, problem-solve, and trouble-shoot simple to complex systems or the potential to develop this.

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

Duration: 10.6 weeks

Location: RAAF Base Wagga (NSW)

You'll start your Air Force career at No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU). In three intensive months you'll transition smoothly from civilian to Service life, acquiring the basic knowledge, skills and physical fitness required for your role; and learning to become an effective and productive member of the Air Force.

You can read about what to expect at the No.1 Recruit Training Unit on the 1RTU website. You'll also find useful information in our Joining instructions.

Employment Training

Partially Qualified Entrant with Cert III in Heavy Road Transport

Upon completion of Recruit Training, members are attached to the Army Logistics Training Centre (ALTC) located at Bonegilla, VIC for about 9-12 weeks during which time you will receive additional training in specific military vehicle maintenance before proceeding to your first posting locality. This information will be provided to you in your letter of offer.

After completion of ALTC training, you will be posted to an Air Force Unit where you will become involved in the day-to-day operations and duties relevant to the mustering and gain a more complete understanding of the mustering, including instructions on general and technical administration procedures.

You will be provided with a Competency Log Book (Journal) prior to leaving ALTC that details specific tasks that need to be completed over the following 12 months in order to consolidate your training.

After completing 12 months On Job Training/Experience (OJT/E) in the workplace and completing your journal, you will become eligible for promotion to Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftswoman (LAC/W) Advanced GSEFITT. At this point you should expect to be nominated to attend our Technician level training.

Progression beyond LAC/W GSETECH is based on further training and periods of employment. The member may then, in competition, advance through the ranks to Warrant Officer.

Partially Qualified Entrant with Cert III Light Vehicle

Upon completion of Recruit Training, members are attached to Army Logistics Training Centre (ALTC) located at Bonegilla, VIC for about 6 - 8 months during which time you will receive additional training in Heavy Vehicle and specific military vehicle maintenance (the training is self paced). An RPL* process will take place that may involve challenge testing' to determine the exact level of additional training required.

After successfully gaining the required competencies, you will be posted to an Air Force Unit where you will become involved in the day-to-day operations and duties relevant to the mustering and gain a more complete understanding of the mustering, including instructions on general and technical administration procedures. You will be provided with a Competency Log Book (Journal) prior to leaving ALTC that details specific tasks that need to be completed over the following 12 months in order to consolidate your training. On completion of the Journal, you will be awarded a Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Vehicle Road Transport) and be eligible for promotion to LAC/W Advanced GSEFITT level. At this point you should expect to be nominated to attend our Technician level training.

Progression beyond LAC/W GSETECH is based on further training and periods of employment. The member may then, in competition, advance through the ranks to Warrant Officer.

Trainee Entrant

Upon completion of Recruit Training, Trainee entrants are attached to Army Logistics Training Centre (ALTC) located at Bonegilla, VIC as an AC/W Trainee for approximately 18 months where you will undergo Heavy Vehicle Motor Mechanic training.

After successfully completing this course and gaining the required competencies, you will be posted to an Air Force Unit as an AC/W GSEFITT1 where you will become involved in the day-to-day operations and duties relevant to the mustering and gain a more complete understanding of the mustering, including instructions on general and technical administration procedures.

You will be provided with a Competency Log Book (Journal) prior to leaving ALTC that details specific tasks that need to be completed over a minimum of 12 months in order to consolidate your training. Upon final completion of the Journal, you will be awarded a Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Vehicle Road Transport) and be eligible for promotion to LAC/W Advanced GSEFITT level. With a further 12 months consolidation On Job Experience (OJE) you should expect to be nominated to attend our Technician level training.

Progression beyond LAC/W GSETECH is based on further training and periods of employment. The member may then, in competition, advance through the ranks to Warrant Officer.

* Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process whereby applicants are assessed for the purpose of granting credit for previously gained skills and/or knowledge relevant to the competency/learning outcome. RPL assessments may be performed during the induction process and any credits awarded will be documented as a condition of enlistment. In some instances, an individual beginning Initial Employment Training (IET) may undergo challenge testing' in his/her field at the relevant Defence training facility and be awarded credits for tested competencies with successful outcomes. Any credits granted effectively reduce the time that an individual may spend at the training facility. Applicants are to note that although certain civilian competencies may appear to be suitably transferable, the unique nature of the Defence environment may dictate that additional training is required in that area to satisfy Service needs and exigencies.

Technician Progression

Progression to Technician for the Advanced GSEFITT is by the successful completion of the GSETECH course which comprises electrical / electronic subjects relevant to GSE vehicles and equipment. The course is currently conducted at RAAF Base Wagga over a period of 29 weeks with a further 10 weeks of Air-conditioning and Refrigeration training and will be be offered to eligible Advanced GSEFITTs who are deemed ready by their supervisors. Available positions for this course are dependent upon workforce requirements.

Further Training

Postgraduate Training

Role Specific Training. In addition to initial employment training, Advanced GSEFITTs and GSETECHs may be required to undertake further postgraduate trade training to allow employment on different equipment types and specialised employment areas.

These postgraduate courses can include but are not limited to: Aircraft Arrestor System Maintenance (mechanical and electrical), Fuel Quality Control, Fuel Quality Centre Operator (laboratory testing), Bushmaster driver and maintainer and Fire Vehicle Maintenance and Operator.

Professional Military Education Training (PMET) Scheme. Members of the GSE employment trade group are subject to the normal requirements of PMET. PMET is a mandatory requirement for rank progression.

This entry method is currently not recruiting

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

Each General Entry trade in the ADF is placed into specific Pay Grades (1 - 10) that are based on the skills and qualifications that an individual possess. Beginning at Corporal level, each Pay Grade has up to three different levels with progressive pay increases at each level. Current Pay Grades within the GSE mustering are as follows:

  • Ground Support Equipment Fitter Grade 1 Pay Grade 3 (AC to LAC)
  • Advanced Ground Support Equipment Fitter Pay Grade 4 (LAC)
  • Ground Support Equipment Technician Pay Grade 5 (LAC to CPL)
  • Ground Support Equipment Technician Supervisor Pay Grade 6 (CPL to FSGT) and
  • Ground Technical Manager Pay Grade 6 (FSGT to WOFF).

Partially Qualified Entrant:

You will be enlisted as an Aircraftman / Aircraftwoman and because of your trade qualifications you will be paid the AC GSEFITT1 rate on Pay Grade 3 of $1,888 per fortnight ($49,228 per year)* upon enlistment. After completing any necessary training at ALTC and undergoing an additional 12 months experience at a Unit and completing your Journal, you will be eligible for promotion to LAC Advanced GSEFITT.

Note: At this point, GSEFITTs will be expected to undertake the additional technician training.

Trainee Entrant:

You will be enlisted as an Aircraftman / Aircraftwoman Recruit (ACR/ACWR) and remain at that level until graduation from 1RTU. During Recruit training you will be paid at the rate of $1,321 per fortnight ($34,460 per year).* After leaving 1RTU, you will be attached to ALTC as an AC Trainee and paid at the rate of $1,511 per fortnight ($39,383 per year) and increases to $1,699 per fortnight ($44,305 per year) after 12 months of training. While under training, you will also receive $366 per fortnight ($9,552 per year pro rata) Trainee Allowance. After successful completion of Initial Employment Training at ALTC you will be re-graded to AC GSEFITT1 on Pay Grade 3 at the rate of 1,842 per fortnight ($49,228 per year).

Service Allowance:

Defence recognises that Service life can often impose unique requirements on personnel. In order to compensate for this, all personnel (with the exception of those undergoing Recruit Training and Trade Training) are paid Service Allowance at the rate of $497 per fortnight ($12,924 per year) in addition to the base salary.

Uniform Allowance:

Initial uniform issue is free of charge to all recruits. After that first issue personnel are expected to maintain their uniform in good condition and replace where necessary. In order to assist members in maintaining their uniform, an allowance of $419 per year is provided. This amount increases to $504 at Sergeant level and is in addition to the base salary and is paid in fortnightly increments in the normal pay.

Example 1. An LAC Advanced GSEFITT would be earning:

Salary ($53,465) + Service Allowance ($12,924) + Uniform Allowance ($419) = $66,808 per year.*

Example 2. A Sergeant GSETECH Supervisor on Pay Grade 6, Level 3, would be earning:

Salary ($76,096) + Service Allowance ($12,924) + Uniform Allowance ($504) = $89,524 per year.*

Salary will continue to increase based on rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank.

Refer to the Salary Scales and the Pay Benefits section for further details.

* Note: These figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); or superannuation.

Locations

Members may be posted to most Air Force bases and other Defence Establishments within Australia, as well as limited overseas opportunities.


Requirements

Age

Qualified applicants must be aged between 17 and 55 years inclusive on day of entry.

Education & Experience

Unqualified Entry

It is essential that you have completed Year 10 with passes in English, Mathematics and Science (preferably with a physics component). Note: Consumer Maths, General Maths and Modified Maths subjects are not suitable,

or

If you do not satisfy the education requirements for this trade or do not possess evidence of your educational attainment there is an alternative pathway available to you.

You may be eligible to sit an Alternative Education Equivalency (AEE) Assessment to ascertain your ability at the required educational level for this trade.

Further information is available here.

Note: Reserve Unqualified Entry is limited due to the training requirements for the member and the unit.

Direct Entry (Partially Qualified)

Partially qualified entrants need to provide evidence (certified documentation) that they have either:

  • Completed a motor mechanic apprenticeship / traineeship in alignment with the Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair, Certificate III in Automotive (Mechanical-Heavy Vehicle Road Transport); or Certificate III training in Automotive (Mechanical Light Vehicle).
  • Evidence of qualifications and experience to allow the Technical Trade Sponsor to apply RPL* for statements of attainment held.

Additional trade training to achieve full (Heavy Vehicle) trade competence will be provided at ALTC following a formal RPL* process.

Note: You must have a pass in Year 10 English in addition to holding the relevant trade qualification.

If you do not satisfy the education requirements for this trade or do not possess evidence of the required educational attainment, there is an alternative pathway available to you.

You may be eligible to sit an Alternative Education Equivalency (AEE) Assessment to ascertain your ability at the required educational level for this trade.

Further information is available here.

Applicants applying for qualified entry must provide proof of high school results in addition to original trade certificates, units of competency results and a current resume to their Careers Counsellor. These documents will then be forwarded to the Recruiting Liaison Officer (RLO-1) at Directorate of Personnel - Air Force for review by the Air Force Technical Trade Sponsor to establish eligibility for qualified enlistment.

* Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process whereby applicants are assessed for the purpose of granting credit for previously gained skills and/or knowledge relevant to the competency/learning outcome. RPL assessments may be performed during the induction process and any credits awarded will be documented as a condition of enlistment. In some instances, an individual beginning Initial Employment Training (IET) may undergo challenge testing' in his/her field at the relevant Defence training facility and be awarded credits for tested competencies with successful outcomes. Any credits granted effectively reduces the time that an individual may spend at the training facility. Applicants are to note that although certain civilian competencies may appear to be suitably transferable, the unique nature of the Defence environment may dictate that additional training is required in that area to satisfy Service needs and exigencies.

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.

Additional Requirements

Applicants seeking employment as a Motor Mechanic (Ground Support Equipment Technician) should satisfy the following civilian driver licence requirements:

a. Hold a National Licence Class - Car (C) issued by the relevant Australian State or Territory Vehicle Licencing Authority and may be either 'Open' or 'Provisional'.

Note 1: Applicants with a Provisional Class C licence with less than 12 months driving experience, may be restricted in driving a number of specific commerical Defence B Vehicles.

Note 2: For lateral recruits or Service transfers a recognised equivalent Class C licence either 'Open' or 'Provisional' would apply.

Note 3: As required, Air Force will provide specialist vehicle training and then shall issue an Australian Defence Force Licence to authorise members to operate specialist vehicles.

b. The Class C Licence is for a manual transmission and not an automatic or clutchless manual transmission.

c. Be free of traffic infringements and/or offences that may result in the future cancellation of the licence or prevent the issuing of an ADF Licence.

Further attributes

Ideally applicants will:

  • Possess well-developed hand-skills and hand-eye coordination
  • Demonstrate attention to detail
  • Be prepared to sustain periods of heavy lifting
  • Be prepared to work under pressure
  • Be comfortable working in confined spaces and
  • Demonstrate ability to analyse, problem-solve, and trouble-shoot simple to complex systems or the potential to develop this.

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

Duration: 10.6 weeks

Location: RAAF Base Wagga (NSW)

You'll start your Air Force career at No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU). In three intensive months you'll transition smoothly from civilian to Service life, acquiring the basic knowledge, skills and physical fitness required for your role; and learning to become an effective and productive member of the Air Force.

You can read about what to expect at the No.1 Recruit Training Unit on the 1RTU website. You'll also find useful information in our Joining instructions.

Employment Training

Partially Qualified Entrant with Cert III in Heavy Road Transport

Upon completion of Recruit Training, members are attached to the Army Logistics Training Centre (ALTC) located at Bonegilla, VIC for about 9-12 weeks during which time you will receive additional training in specific military vehicle maintenance before proceeding to your first posting locality. This information will be provided to you in your letter of offer.

After completion of ALTC training, you will be posted to an Air Force Unit where you will become involved in the day-to-day operations and duties relevant to the mustering and gain a more complete understanding of the mustering, including instructions on general and technical administration procedures.

You will be provided with a Competency Log Book (Journal) prior to leaving ALTC that details specific tasks that need to be completed over the following 12 months in order to consolidate your training.

After completing 12 months On Job Training/Experience (OJT/E) in the workplace and completing your journal, you will become eligible for promotion to Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftswoman (LAC/W) Advanced GSEFITT. At this point you should expect to be nominated to attend our Technician level training.

Progression beyond LAC/W GSETECH is based on further training and periods of employment. The member may then, in competition, advance through the ranks to Warrant Officer.

Partially Qualified Entrant with Cert III Light Vehicle

Upon completion of Recruit Training, members are attached to Army Logistics Training Centre (ALTC) located at Bonegilla, VIC for about 6 - 8 months during which time you will receive additional training in Heavy Vehicle and specific military vehicle maintenance (the training is self paced). An RPL* process will take place that may involve challenge testing' to determine the exact level of additional training required.

After successfully gaining the required competencies, you will be posted to an Air Force Unit where you will become involved in the day-to-day operations and duties relevant to the mustering and gain a more complete understanding of the mustering, including instructions on general and technical administration procedures. You will be provided with a Competency Log Book (Journal) prior to leaving ALTC that details specific tasks that need to be completed over the following 12 months in order to consolidate your training. On completion of the Journal, you will be awarded a Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Vehicle Road Transport) and be eligible for promotion to LAC/W Advanced GSEFITT level. At this point you should expect to be nominated to attend our Technician level training.

Progression beyond LAC/W GSETECH is based on further training and periods of employment. The member may then, in competition, advance through the ranks to Warrant Officer.

Trainee Entrant

Upon completion of Recruit Training, Trainee entrants are attached to Army Logistics Training Centre (ALTC) located at Bonegilla, VIC as an AC/W Trainee for approximately 18 months where you will undergo Heavy Vehicle Motor Mechanic training.

After successfully completing this course and gaining the required competencies, you will be posted to an Air Force Unit as an AC/W GSEFITT1 where you will become involved in the day-to-day operations and duties relevant to the mustering and gain a more complete understanding of the mustering, including instructions on general and technical administration procedures.

You will be provided with a Competency Log Book (Journal) prior to leaving ALTC that details specific tasks that need to be completed over a minimum of 12 months in order to consolidate your training. Upon final completion of the Journal, you will be awarded a Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Vehicle Road Transport) and be eligible for promotion to LAC/W Advanced GSEFITT level. With a further 12 months consolidation On Job Experience (OJE) you should expect to be nominated to attend our Technician level training.

Progression beyond LAC/W GSETECH is based on further training and periods of employment. The member may then, in competition, advance through the ranks to Warrant Officer.

* Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process whereby applicants are assessed for the purpose of granting credit for previously gained skills and/or knowledge relevant to the competency/learning outcome. RPL assessments may be performed during the induction process and any credits awarded will be documented as a condition of enlistment. In some instances, an individual beginning Initial Employment Training (IET) may undergo challenge testing' in his/her field at the relevant Defence training facility and be awarded credits for tested competencies with successful outcomes. Any credits granted effectively reduce the time that an individual may spend at the training facility. Applicants are to note that although certain civilian competencies may appear to be suitably transferable, the unique nature of the Defence environment may dictate that additional training is required in that area to satisfy Service needs and exigencies.

Technician Progression

Progression to Technician for the Advanced GSEFITT is by the successful completion of the GSETECH course which comprises electrical / electronic subjects relevant to GSE vehicles and equipment. The course is currently conducted at RAAF Base Wagga over a period of 29 weeks with a further 10 weeks of Air-conditioning and Refrigeration training and will be be offered to eligible Advanced GSEFITTs who are deemed ready by their supervisors. Available positions for this course are dependent upon workforce requirements.

Further Training

Postgraduate Training

Role Specific Training. In addition to initial employment training, Advanced GSEFITTs and GSETECHs may be required to undertake further postgraduate trade training to allow employment on different equipment types and specialised employment areas.

These postgraduate courses can include but are not limited to: Aircraft Arrestor System Maintenance (mechanical and electrical), Fuel Quality Control, Fuel Quality Centre Operator (laboratory testing), Bushmaster driver and maintainer and Fire Vehicle Maintenance and Operator.

Professional Military Education Training (PMET) Scheme. Members of the GSE employment trade group are subject to the normal requirements of PMET. PMET is a mandatory requirement for rank progression.