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Aerospace Engineer - Aeronautical


As a member of a talented team of Engineers in the Australian Defence Force work at the forefront of aviation technology to design, construct and maintain the Army’s fleets of helicopters.

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About the Job

Since the earliest days of flight Aeronautical Engineers have designed, constructed, and developed the science of aircraft and spacecraft. The Australian Army is looking for Aeronautical Engineers to be part of the largest helicopter operator and the second largest aircraft fleet operator in Australia. As an Aeronautical Engineer, you will be part of a team responsible for developing new and exciting capabilities within the Defence Force such as the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, the Chinook, Black Hawk and Multi-Role Helicopter platforms.

As an Aeronautical Engineer you will be employed as an officer in the Australian Army with the full range of regimental, engineering specific, and staff duties where your skills can be used to enhance Army Aviation's capabilities. Specifically, Army Aeronautical Engineering Officers are engaged in a range of maintenance, logistics and engineering management functions relating to our fleet of helicopters. Throughout your career you will receive helicopter specific training to develop your understanding of mechanical, electrical, avionics and armament systems on the various aircraft.

Your initial employment in the Army would usually be as a junior engineer within a helicopter squadron. In addition to gaining hands on experience with the aircraft you will play an important role in managing the maintenance team and ensuring helicopter airworthiness and availability is maintained. Working as an engineer in an aviation squadron, you may also have the opportunity to lead a maintenance team in support of international aviation operations. The recent acquisition of the Armed Reconnaissance and Multi-Role Helicopters has required many Army Aeronautical Engineers to work as project engineers both within Australia and as part of our resident team in France.

Additional employment opportunities lie in the field of engineering and maintenance planning, flight test engineering and helicopter simulation. Our Army Aeronautical Engineers also perform logistic management and design engineering roles within the Army Aviation Systems Program Office. Opportunities within this area may include the implementation of a modification program for Army helicopters and approving structural repair designs for our aircraft. Army Aeronautical Engineers also have a range of opportunities for overseas travel and/or post-graduate study.

With new aircraft acquisitions and the constant demand for helicopters to support Army operations, your career as an Aeronautical Engineering Officer promises to be challenging and extremely rewarding.

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

Learn more about Entry Methods


Salary can be over $78,100 p.a. on completion of initial employment training. This salary includes Uniform and Service allowance.


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Key Information

Salary & Allowances

Salary (excluding allowances) on commissioning is $64,840 per year.* Additionally there are Service and Uniform Allowances paid fortnightly to cover additional expenses of service life.

Salary will continue to increase based on rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.

* Please note that these figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); or superannuation

Locations

The areas in Australia that you could be posted to are:

  • Darwin, NT - 1st Aviation Regiment - ARH Tiger helicopter
  • Townsville, QLD - 5th Aviation Regiment - MRH-90 Taipan and Chinook helicopters
  • Oakey, QLD - RAEME Aircraft Maintenance School (RAMS) - technician training school
  • Brisbane, QLD - Headquarters 16th Aviation Brigade - Aviation Brigade Headquarters
  • Brisbane, QLD - Army Aviation Systems Branch - capability acquisition and through life support
  • Brisbane, QLD - Aviation Branch, Headquarters Forces Command - airworthiness and capability management
  • Brisbane, QLD - Army Aviation Test and Evaluation Section - test and evaluation
  • Sydney, NSW - 6th Aviation Regiment - Black Hawk helicopter
  • Canberra, ACT - Aviation Program, Army Headquarters - new aircraft acquisition and
  • Melbourne, VIC - Director General Technical Airworthiness - technical regulation and structural integrity management.

Requirements

Age

Applicants must be a minimum of 17 years of age on day of entry; however an age waiver may be sought for Army applicants entering the ADF through ADFA at 16 years of age.

Applicants may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years of age, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.

Maximum age on entry is 50 years of age for 3 year degree studies and 49 years of age for 4 year degree studies. Maximum age guidelines are set to ensure Return of Service Obligations (ROSO) are met prior to the compulsory retirement age of 60.

Education & Experience

The requirements for acceptance into ADFA for a Aeronautical 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

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 nine years. Subsequent periods of service may be offeredsubject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability forfurther service. You may tender your resignation at any timeprovided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period ofService obligation.

Defence Academy Entry Officers become liable to an IMPS from thegraduation day of their second year of studies. This means thatthey may leave the Academy at any time up to the end of secondyear, without any obligation.

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 obtain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews enables the Regional Security Office to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

Current policy requires applicants for this particular avenue of entry to have lived in Australia for the preceding 10 years, or have a checkable background for this period.

Training

Military Training

Location of training: Australian Defence Force Academy

Duration of training: 156 Weeks

The academic and military training at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), Canberra ACT, takes three years to complete. After graduation, you will attend the Royal Military College Duntroon (RMC), for 12 months to further your military training.

Upon joining ADFA, you will undertake six weeks of initial military training to prepare you for Service life. This training encompasses leadership, ceremonial, physical, field and weapons training. You will also undertake adventure training, learn about academic life and prepare for your first ceremonial parade as a member of the Australian Defence Force. This parade, which is reviewed by the Chief of Defence Force is a great opportunity for your parents, family and friends to celebrate your achievements as you embark on your military career.

During the academic year, up to nine hours per week are assigned to military education and training. This program includes leadership studies, Defence studies, training in military law, weapon handling, communication skills, as well as physical fitness training.

On at least two occasions each year, you will undertake Single Service Training with RMC of approximately two weeks. Over three years, these blocks of training will provide you will all the skills necessary to commence training at RMC upon graduation from ADFA.

Other breaks during the year will provide you with the opportunity to be involved with academic field trips, overseas battlefield study tours, a visit to an overseas defence academy (if you have excelled in your studies) and extracurricular activities such as adventurous training and sporting trips.

All of the above training, together with the qualifications you will gain through your undergraduate degree at the University of New South Wales, will provide you with an excellent grounding to progress with your Army career.

Location of training: Royal Military College - Duntroon

Duration of training: 12 Months

RMC training is made up of three terms each of approximately six months duration. Cadets in their first term are referred to as Third Class, second term cadets as Second Class and third term cadets as First Class. ADFA Cadets commence RMC in Second Class. Cadets are organised as a Battalion known as the Corps of Staff Cadets.

This is how your military training at RMC will unfold:

Second Class: By the end of Second Class you will have grasped command and leadership skills at section and platoon levels. You will have received further instruction in battle tactics, military history, administration, training, science and technology and communication skills. You will also have the opportunity to apply this knowledge and experience in the field and practise at section command level, expanding to platoon level towards the end of Second Class.

First Class: By now you will be ready to put your knowledge into practice at the section, platoon and company level. Your understanding of strategic issues, management, military history and leadership will also be further developed.

You will graduate from RMC as a Lieutenant and return to ADFA to complete your final year of Engineering.

During Military (ADFA and RMC) Training and (Initial) Employment Training (Regimental Officers Basic Course etc), you will be required to pay a contribution towards your meals, accommodation and utilities.

Employment Training

Logistics Officers Basic Course: 8 Weeks

You will be required to attend a Logistics Officers Basic Course at the RAEME Training Centre after completing your Direct Entry Officers Course.

Aviation Training Continuum: 12 Months

The Aviation Training Continuum consists of a series of short courses of varying lengths over a period of 12 months. The Army Aviation Training Centre located in Oakey, Queensland is responsible for the co-ordination of the Aviation training.

Further Training

The Army encourages selected officers to improve their qualifications and RAEME Aerospace Engineers currently attend the following overseas courses:

Flight Test Engineers Course / Masters of Science. 18 month course at Cranfield UK. One position every second year. Rank Captain.

Masters of Project Management ( Army Technical Staff Officers Course) conducted at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. Two positions for a senior Captain/Major each year.

The above courses may incur a Return of Service Obligation. This is a means whereby Army ensures they get a reasonable return for the expense incurred to improve your qualifications. After completion of the course, the member is required to complete a period of service equal to the period of training, plus one year.

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

With 4 years to graduation: earn $31,215 per year.*

With 3 years to graduation: earn $36,891 per year.*

With 2 years to graduation: earn $42,566 per year.*

In final year: earn $48,242 per year.*

Additionally you will receive a Uniform Allowance of $419 per year. This increases to $682 per year after commissioning.

Salary (excluding allowances) on completion of academic, military and employment training will be:

$64,840 per year (Plus allowances).*

Army pays a Service Allowance of $13,717 p.a. except while undertaking Military (Initial) or Employment training. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements of service life.

Your salary will continue to increase based on your rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Your pay grade may increase following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of further training. Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.

Trainees with dependants may be entitled to Trainee's Dependant Allowance which is paid to enable trainees with dependants to receive a salary not less than $46,448 per year while training. Conditions apply. Speak to your Careers Counsellor for details.

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

Locations

The areas in Australia that you could be posted to are:

  • Darwin, NT - 1st Aviation Regiment - ARH Tiger helicopter
  • Townsville, QLD - 5th Aviation Regiment - MRH-90 Taipan and Chinook helicopters
  • Oakey, QLD - RAEME Aircraft Maintenance School (RAMS) - technician training school
  • Brisbane, QLD - Headquarters 16th Aviation Brigade - Aviation Brigade Headquarters
  • Brisbane, QLD - Army Aviation Systems Branch - capability acquisition and through life support
  • Brisbane, QLD - Aviation Branch, Headquarters Forces Command - airworthiness and capability management
  • Brisbane, QLD - Army Aviation Test and Evaluation Section - test and evaluation
  • Sydney, NSW - 6th Aviation Regiment - Black Hawk helicopter
  • Canberra, ACT - Aviation Program, Army Headquarters - new aircraft acquisition and
  • Melbourne, VIC - Director General Technical Airworthiness - technical regulation and structural integrity management.

Requirements

Age

The maximum age for entry is such that an applicant must be able to complete their Return of Service Obligation prior to compulsory retirement age (normally 60 years of age).

Education & Experience

The minimum requirement is an engineering degree permitting graduate membership to Engineers Australia (EA) as a professional engineer. The following is a list of preferred disciplines. Degrees not in this list will be considered on a case by case basis.

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics

You may commence the selection process if you are in the final year of an engineering degree and can present your completed academic transcript and confirmed completion/graduation date. Your appointment will be subject to successful completion of all professional experience requirements and 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 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.

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 obtain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews enables the Regional Security Office to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

Current policy requires applicants for this particular avenue of entry to have lived in Australia for the preceding 10 years, or have a checkable background for this period.

Training

Military Training

Specialist Service Officer First Appointment Course

The Specialist Service Officer Course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and provides Regular and Reserve Force Specialist Service Officers with fundamental knowledge of leadership, command and control, unit and personnel administration, basic military skills and the ideals of officer behaviour and attitudes necessary for future employment.

The ARA course is 42 days in duration and is currently conducted in both the first half and the second half of the training year. The ARES course is conducted in the latter half of the year and consists of three tiers. Tier One is 9 days, Tier Two is 16 days and Tier Three is 16 days. Depending on your specialisation, you may be required to complete one, two or all three tiers before being deemed competent for employment in the Army as an SSO.

An ARA chaplain is to complete modules 1 and 2 of the SSO FAC and all modules of the All Corps Captain Course within the first 12 months of being commissioned as a chaplain.

An ARes chaplain is to complete modules 1 and 2 of the SSO FAC and all modules of the All Corps Captain Course within 24 months of being appointed as an Army chaplain.

Physical Fitness Levels

All trainees attending training at RMC are required to participate in an Initial Fitness Assessment (IFA) on arrival at RMC. This is an entry level requirement for all courses conducted at RMC. The IFA is based on a shuttle run, push ups and sit ups and is designed to determine whether trainees are at the minimum required standard to complete training at RMC. Due to the unique nature of training at RMC, trainees who do not demonstrate the base line levels of the assessment may be withdrawn from training and RTU. If you do not pass the IFA, you will be medically reviewed by the RMC Medical Officer and you will be advised if you are able to continue with training.

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

Employment Training

Logistics Officers Basic Course: 8 Weeks

You will be required to attend a Logistics Officers Basic Course at the RAEME Training Centre after completing your Direct Entry Officers Course.

Aviation Training Continuum: 12 Months

The Aviation Training Continuum consists of a series of short courses of varying lengths over a period of 12 months. The Army Aviation Training Centre located in Oakey, Queensland is responsible for the co-ordination of the Aviation training.

Further Training

The Army encourages selected officers to improve their qualifications and RAEME Aerospace Engineers currently attend the following overseas courses:

Flight Test Engineers Course / Masters of Science. 18 month course at Cranfield UK. One position every second year. Rank Captain.

Masters of Project Management ( Army Technical Staff Officers Course) conducted at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. Two positions for a senior Captain/Major each year.

The above courses may incur a Return of Service Obligation. This is a means whereby Army ensures they get a reasonable return for the expense incurred to improve your qualifications. After completion of the course, the member is required to complete a period of service equal to the period of training, plus one year.

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

The areas in Australia that you could be posted to are:

  • Darwin, NT - 1st Aviation Regiment - ARH Tiger helicopter
  • Townsville, QLD - 5th Aviation Regiment - MRH-90 Taipan and Chinook helicopters
  • Oakey, QLD - RAEME Aircraft Maintenance School (RAMS) - technician training school
  • Brisbane, QLD - Headquarters 16th Aviation Brigade - Aviation Brigade Headquarters
  • Brisbane, QLD - Army Aviation Systems Branch - capability acquisition and through life support
  • Brisbane, QLD - Aviation Branch, Headquarters Forces Command - airworthiness and capability management
  • Brisbane, QLD - Army Aviation Test and Evaluation Section - test and evaluation
  • Sydney, NSW - 6th Aviation Regiment - Black Hawk helicopter
  • Canberra, ACT - Aviation Program, Army Headquarters - new aircraft acquisition and
  • Melbourne, VIC - Director General Technical Airworthiness - technical regulation and structural integrity management.

Requirements

Age

The maximum age for entry is such that an applicant must be able to complete their degree and their Return of Service Obligation incurred under the Scheme prior to compulsory retirement age (normally 60 years of age).

Applicants are to have reached 18 years at the date of application for Undergraduate.

Education & Experience

You may commence the selection process if you have completed at least 6 months of an Engineers Australia accredited four year engineering degree or 18 months of a five year program, and can present your academic transcript. Your appointment will be subject to:

  • A minimum of one full year (full time study equivalent) of an engineering degree and
  • Have no more than three years of study (full time) outstanding to complete all of the requirements for the award of your degree

Applicants attempting double degrees will only receive HELP funding allocation for their engineering units.

The following is a list of preferred disciplines. Degrees not in this list will be considered on a case by case basis.

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics

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

Undergraduates will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service equalling the length of sponsorship, times two, plus an additional 365 days.

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 obtain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews enables the Regional Security Office to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

Current policy requires applicants for this particular avenue of entry to have lived in Australia for the preceding 10 years, or have a checkable background for this period.

Training

Military Training

Specialist Service Officer First Appointment Course

The Specialist Service Officer Course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and provides Regular and Reserve Force Specialist Service Officers with fundamental knowledge of leadership, command and control, unit and personnel administration, basic military skills and the ideals of officer behaviour and attitudes necessary for future employment.

The ARA course is 42 days in duration and is currently conducted in both the first half and the second half of the training year. The ARES course is conducted in the latter half of the year and consists of three tiers. Tier One is 9 days, Tier Two is 16 days and Tier Three is 16 days. Depending on your specialisation, you may be required to complete one, two or all three tiers before being deemed competent for employment in the Army as an SSO.

An ARA chaplain is to complete modules 1 and 2 of the SSO FAC and all modules of the All Corps Captain Course within the first 12 months of being commissioned as a chaplain.

An ARes chaplain is to complete modules 1 and 2 of the SSO FAC and all modules of the All Corps Captain Course within 24 months of being appointed as an Army chaplain.

Physical Fitness Levels

All trainees attending training at RMC are required to participate in an Initial Fitness Assessment (IFA) on arrival at RMC. This is an entry level requirement for all courses conducted at RMC. The IFA is based on a shuttle run, push ups and sit ups and is designed to determine whether trainees are at the minimum required standard to complete training at RMC. Due to the unique nature of training at RMC, trainees who do not demonstrate the base line levels of the assessment may be withdrawn from training and RTU. If you do not pass the IFA, you will be medically reviewed by the RMC Medical Officer and you will be advised if you are able to continue with training.

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

Employment Training

Logistics Officers Basic Course: 8 Weeks

You will be required to attend a Logistics Officers Basic Course at the RAEME Training Centre after completing your Direct Entry Officers Course.

Aviation Training Continuum: 12 Months

The Aviation Training Continuum consists of a series of short courses of varying lengths over a period of 12 months. The Army Aviation Training Centre located in Oakey, Queensland is responsible for the co-ordination of the Aviation training.

Further Training

The Army encourages selected officers to improve their qualifications and RAEME Aerospace Engineers currently attend the following overseas courses:

Flight Test Engineers Course / Masters of Science. 18 month course at Cranfield UK. One position every second year. Rank Captain.

Masters of Project Management ( Army Technical Staff Officers Course) conducted at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. Two positions for a senior Captain/Major each year.

The above courses may incur a Return of Service Obligation. This is a means whereby Army ensures they get a reasonable return for the expense incurred to improve your qualifications. After completion of the course, the member is required to complete a period of service equal to the period of training, plus one year.