ARMY OFFICER / FULL TIME / VIEW RESERVE JOB

Civil Engineer


Command and manage a troop of tradesmen and field engineer soldiers. You'll be involved in training, administration and logistics, engineering design and facilities management.

Apply Now Save Saved

Job Overview


About the Job

The role of Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) is to assist in maintaining the mobility of our own forces, deny freedom of movement to the enemy, (counter-mobility), and provide general engineering support. It encompasses construction (civil), geomatic and combat engineering.

Typical tasks of the RAE are as follows.

Mobility Tasks:

  • The construction, repair and maintenance of roads, airfields and bridges
  • The construction and operation of bridging equipment and ferries
  • The breaching and clearing of obstacles (such as minefields)
  • Unexploded bomb disposal and booby trap clearance and
  • The provision of terrain assessment advice.

Counter Mobility Tasks:

  • The construction of field defences and obstacles, and
  • The execution of demolitions

General Engineering Tasks:

  • The construction, repair and maintenance of facilities such as airfields, bridges, railways, ports, roads, buildings and bulk fuel installations
  • The provision of essential services such as water, electric power generation and reticulation, fire fighting, sewerage, drainage and waste disposal, cold storage and air conditioning, winning of local resources, (e.g. timber and gravel)
  • Topographical and geomatic support
  • Large scale counter-surveillance and deception measures, (such as camouflage of buildings and bridges)
  • Decontamination of areas attacked by nuclear, biological or chemical weapons and
  • Aid to the civil community

As a combat support arm, engineers are required to be able to fight in the role of infantry. Engineers are also responsible to Navy and Air Force for beach information, the construction of airfields and sea terminal facilities, and the provision of construction materials.

The RAE has an Australian Regular Army (ARA) strength of about 400 officers and 1600 other ranks.

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

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.


FULL JOB DETAILS

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

First year of training: $31,215 per year.*

Second year of training: $36,891 per year.*

Third year of training: $42,566 per year.*

Fourth year of training: $48,242 per year.*

While under training, you will also receive $10,288 per year pro rata Trainee Allowance.

To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will receive a Uniform Allowance of $419 per year. This increases to $682 per year after commissioning.

Salary (excluding allowances) on completion of military and employment training will be: $64,840 per year.*

In addition to your salary, you will receive Service Allowance of $13,717 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.

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 $43,766 per year ($1,679 per fortnight) 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

RAE units are located Australia wide with the major units located as follows:

  • School of Military Engineering, Moorebank, (NSW)
  • 6th Engineer Support Regiment, Brisbane (comprising 17th Construction Squadron, Sydney, (NSW) 21st Construction Squadron and 1st Topographical Survey Squadron, Brisbane (QLD)
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Combat Engineer Regiments, Darwin (NT), Brisbane and Townsville (QLD)
  • Incident Response Regiment, Sydney (NSW)
  • Facilities Management Units, Australia wide and
  • 19 Chief Engineer Works, Randwick (NSW)

Your first posting is likely to be to a construction or combat engineering unit as a troop commander. During this posting you will command and manage an organisation comprising some 30 tradesmen and field engineer soldiers with their associated equipment and act as site engineer for the tasks performed by the Troop.

Subsequent postings are likely to include duties in the engineering design and facilities management fields. Postings back to the construction and combat units are also likely to occur throughout your career at higher levels of responsibility.

In addition to engineering associated postings, all RAE officers will also be required to perform training, administrative and logistic duties on various levels of headquarters.

Selected RAE officers regularly fill overseas postings in support of less developed countries in our region and overseas exchange officer postings with our allies.


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

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.

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. On completion of your IMPS you may continue to serve under an open-ended engagement until you decide to resign which requires three months prior notification.

Defence Academy Entry Officers become liable to an IMPS from the graduation day of their second year of studies. This means that they may leave the Academy at any time up to the end of second year, 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 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:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Credit

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

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

Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) Regimental Officers Basic Course: 26 Weeks Location of Course: School of Military Engineering, Moorebank, Sydney NSW.

After graduation from the Regimental Officers Basic Course, Civil Engineers can expect to be posted to a regimental unit to gain leadership/management experience as well as to practice their technical and field engineering expertise.

Technically qualified officers have an excellent chance of at least one overseas posting either for further training, on exchange, or on a Defence Co-operation Programme project in the South West Pacific.

Further Training

You may be offered additional courses throughout your career and an opportunity to further your studies in civil engineering at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra (University College of the University of NSW).

Further study is actively encouraged and the Corps sponsors a number of officers each year for further study (including Masters degrees).

This entry method is currently not recruiting

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

While undertaking Military Training at RMC: $47,296 per year.*

While under training, you will also receive $10,288 per year pro rata Trainee Allowance.

To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will also receive a Uniform Allowance of $419 per year. This increases to $682 per year after commissioning.

Degree qualified Civil Engineer Officer Cadets graduate from RMC with the rank of Lieutenant and a salary of $64,840 per year.*

In addition to your salary, you will receive Service Allowance of $13,717 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.

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.

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

Locations

RAE units are located Australia wide with the major units located as follows:

  • School of Military Engineering, Moorebank, (NSW)
  • 6th Engineer Support Regiment, Brisbane (comprising 17th Construction Squadron, Sydney, (NSW) 21st Construction Squadron and 1st Topographical Survey Squadron, Brisbane (QLD)
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Combat Engineer Regiments, Darwin (NT), Brisbane and Townsville (QLD)
  • Incident Response Regiment, Sydney (NSW)
  • Facilities Management Units, Australia wide and
  • 19 Chief Engineer Works, Randwick (NSW)

Your first posting is likely to be to a construction or combat engineering unit as a troop commander. During this posting you will command and manage an organisation comprising some 30 tradesmen and field engineer soldiers with their associated equipment and act as site engineer for the tasks performed by the Troop.

Subsequent postings are likely to include duties in the engineering design and facilities management fields. Postings back to the construction and combat units are also likely to occur throughout your career at higher levels of responsibility.

In addition to engineering associated postings, all RAE officers will also be required to perform training, administrative and logistic duties on various levels of headquarters.

Selected RAE officers regularly fill overseas postings in support of less developed countries in our region and overseas exchange officer postings with our allies.


Requirements

Age

Must be aged between 17 and 53 years inclusive on date of entry.

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.

  • Civil/Construction/Engineering

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 six years. On completion of your IMPS you may continue to serve under an open-ended engagement until you decide to resign which requires three months prior notification.

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 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:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Credit

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

Training

Military Training

Location of course: Royal Military College, Duntroon Canberra, ACT

Duration of course: 18 months

Your training at RMC 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. RMC cadets are organised as a Battalion known as the Corps of Staff Cadets.

This is how your military training at RMC will unfold:

Third Class: In this first term you will be given a basic grounding in battle craft, infantry minor tactics, navigation, first aid, weapon training, character development, communication skills, military history and leadership. At RMC, the Third Class training is conducted on the basis that you have no prior military knowledge or experience.

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.

After graduation you will be assigned to one of the Army's specialised branches, known as Corps. Then you can put into professional practice all that you've learned. Initially you will be required to complete in-service Corps training and familiarisation. Then you may find yourself taking troops through field exercises, physical training drills, tactical assaults or managing any number of vital Army functions.

Graduates are commissioned as Lieutenants.

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

Further information is also available at the Royal Military College website.

Employment Training

Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) Regimental Officers Basic Course: 26 Weeks Location of Course: School of Military Engineering, Moorebank, Sydney NSW.

After graduation from the Regimental Officers Basic Course, Civil Engineers can expect to be posted to a regimental unit to gain leadership/management experience as well as to practice their technical and field engineering expertise.

Technically qualified officers have an excellent chance of at least one overseas posting either for further training, on exchange, or on a Defence Co-operation Programme project in the South West Pacific.

Further Training

You may be offered additional courses throughout your career and an opportunity to further your studies in civil engineering at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra (University College of the University of NSW).

Further study is actively encouraged and the Corps sponsors a number of officers each year for further study (including Masters degrees).