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About the Job
An Avionics Technician is a soldier who is responsible for inspecting, testing, repairing, refurbishing, modifying and recovering Army aircraft communication, navigation, radar, electrical, electronics and instrument systems and selected ground equipment. Avionics Technicians also conduct limited inspections and repairs on aircraft structures, safety equipment and armament.
The types of aircraft that Avionics Technicians could maintain during their career are the Eurocopter EC665 Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, the Boeing CH47 Chinook, the Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH90) or the Sikorsky S-70A-9 Black Hawk.
The main job functions are as follows:
- Carry out scheduled and unscheduled servicing, overhauls and repairs to aircraft electrical instruments and electronic systems and equipment
- Operate and maintain test equipment and special tooling associated with the trade
- Operate and maintain workshop plant, equipment and vehicles
- Act as crew members during flight testing to diagnose faults
- Identify and investigate defects and recommend remedial action in the areas covered by the trade and
- Maintain technical manuals and maintenance documentation for aircraft and related equipment
An Avionics Technician normally works in an established workshop or on tarmacs on aircraft flight lines or in the field environment.
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Other Ranks - Technical
Join the ADF and receive full trade training
Civil accreditation is currently under review for all Army training.
Salary & Allowances
Salary while undertaking Military (Recruit) Training: $1,434 per fortnight ($37,302 pro rata per year).*
Salary while undertaking Initial Employment Training: $1,639 per fortnight ($42,631 pro rata per year).*
While under training, you will also receive $403 per fortnight ($10,493 per year pro rata) Trainee Allowance.
Salary (excluding allowances) on completion of Initial Employment Training: ($2,187) per fortnight ($56,877 per year).*
In addition to your salary, you will also receive Service Allowance of $538 per fortnight ($13,991 per year) except while undertaking Military (Initial) or Employment training. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family.
To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will also receive a Uniform Allowance of $16 per fortnight ($419 per year).
Each General Entry job in the Australian Defence Force is classified into a pay grade. This particular job is classified as a Pay Grade 4 occupation.
Salary will continue to increase based on rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Pay Grade may also increase following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of advanced courses.
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); and superannuation.
Avionics Technicians are employed in a variety of Aviation Units throughout Australia including Oakey and Townsville, QLD, Sydney, NSW; and Darwin, NT.
Applicants must be aged between 17 and 54 years of age inclusive on day of 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
Completion of Australian Year 10 education (or equivalent) with passes in English, Mathematics and Science (with a Physics content) and one other subject.
Note: Consumer Maths, Maths in Society and similarly 'modified' maths are not suitable for this job.
These entry qualifications are the minimum required to facilitate understanding of the engineering principles encountered during later phases of training,
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. Note that the AEES Year 10 Advanced Maths test is required for all Army technical trades.
Further information is available here.
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.
Period of Service
You will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of eight 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.
Your Careers Counsellor can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.
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.
Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.
If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary deferral 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.
The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have security clearances appropriate to their employment.
A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.
The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1, and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years. Required information includes:
Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.
NOTE: The security clearance is critical to an applicants successful progression through the Army training system. If an applicant is unable to obtain the required security clearance in time, they will not be allowed to continue their training and may need to be re-allocated to another employment category. As such, it is strongly recommended that all applicants obtain the required documentation as soon as possible to provide the best opportunity to be employed in their preferred employment category.
All General Entry recruits into the Australian Regular Army are required to complete the Recruit Course.
Total Duration: 80 days.
Location: Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW.
Recruit training is the same for male and female entrants. During the 80 day Army Recruit Course you will be required to take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, first aid, drill and field craft. The training is deliberately challenging and has been designed to prepare you to be a soldier in today's Army. Recruits gain a sense of achievement, purpose and confidence during basic training, and on completion of the course feel justifiably proud of what they have achieved.
For more details on recruit training, refer to the Joining instructions. These instructions will provide you and your family with enough information to arrange your personal affairs before enlistment in the Army, and give you an idea of what you will be doing on the recruit course.
Further information is also available at the Army Recruit Training Centre website.
During Military (Initial Recruit) Training and (Initial) Employment Training, members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.
Avionics Technician Course
Location: RAAF School of Technical Training, Wagga Wagga, NSW.
Duration: 54 Weeks (approximately).
Note: Course duration may vary depending on public holidays and other Army requirements.
On-the-Job Training: 12 months.
After completion of Recruit training, you will attend the RAAF School of Technical Training (RAAFSTT) at Wagga Wagga NSW. The training at RAAFSTT provides an integrated approach incorporating nationally accredited theory and practical training on aircraft systems and documentation. Subjects are taught by both RAAF and the Riverina College of TAFE to the MEA 07 training package. This curriculum is industry portable and an accredited package. As the mode of training is accredited, there is now exportability of that trade qualification into the civil community providing a broader scope of employment in the future.
On completion of the course you will be posted to the Army Aviation Training Centre, Oakey QLD, to undergo on-the-job training (OJT) for a period of 12 months. During this period, you will also attend the Aircraft Maintenance Techniques Type Course of 9 weeks and spend approximately 12 weeks training in an operational unit. The aircraft type course you will be taught on will depend on the Army's needs.