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Electrician


If you want highly sought after trade skills and to be part of a mission orientated construction team then your start to a great career is as an Army Electrician.

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About the Job

Electricians serve in the Royal Australian Engineer Corps in both Construction Squadrons and Combat Engineer Regiments. Electricians are responsible for performing advanced electrical and general building tasks associated with the construction, repair and maintenance of vertical and horizontal structures and the provision of engineering services including field power generation and reticulation.

Electricians are required to perform the following duties:

  • Apply electrical trade skills
  • Check stores, materials and equipment
  • Conform to Quality Assurance (QA) requirements
  • Assist in site preparation
  • Interpret Government sponsored building standards, codes and regulations
  • Interpret technical literature and data from various sources
  • Assist in planning for building tasks
  • Assist in the maintenance of workplace health and safety
  • Maintain tools and equipment
  • Assist with the preparation of bills of materials
  • Conduct site inspections for minor construction tasks
  • Provide advice to, and liaise with project personnel on matters relating to electrical and construction requirements
  • Order and purchase project stores
  • Assist in site set-out
  • Provide workplace training for non-skilled labourers
  • Provide detailed site sketches
  • Interpret plans, specifications and drawings
  • Assist in the compilation of specifications, scope of works and cost estimates
  • Comply with simple procurement procedures
  • Assist in the performance of combat engineering tasks
  • Deploy to the field
  • Perform administrative duties commensurate with rank
  • Provide electrical/construction support during Exercises/Operations
  • Perform military duties.
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Salary can be over $68,500 p.a. on completion of initial employment training. This salary includes Uniform and Service allowance.


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Key Information

National Qualifications

Civil accreditation is currently under review for all Army training.

Salary & Allowances

Salary while undertaking Military (Recruit) Training: $1,406 per fortnight ($36,571 per year).*

Salary while undertaking Employment Training commences at $1,607 per fortnight ($41,795 per year) and increases to $1,808 per fortnight ($47,020 per year) after 12 months of training.*

While under training, you will also receive $395 per fortnight ($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 $16 per fortnight ($419 per year).

Salary (excluding allowances) on completion of Initial Employment Training: $2,009 per fortnight ($52,244 per year).*

In addition to your salary, you will receive Service Allowance of $517 per fortnight ($13,448 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.

Each General Entry job in the Australian Defence Force is classified into a pay grade. This particular job commences as a Pay Grade 3 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.

Locations

Electricians are mainly employed in Combat Engineer Regiments and Construction Squadrons located at:

  • QLD - Brisbane, Townsville
  • NSW - Sydney
  • NT - Darwin.

Requirements

Age

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

Entry to this trade is open to qualified, partially qualified and non-qualified applicants. You should present your trade paperwork at the recruiting interview to ensure the Recognition of Prior Learning/Recognition of Current Competencies process is complete prior to entry. The recognition process can not be commenced after enlistment.

For Trainee Entry: Completion of Australian Year 10 education (or equivalent) with passes in English, Mathematics, Science (with physics content) and one other subject preferably with an Industrial Arts content.

These entry qualifications are the minimum required to facilitate understanding of the engineering principles encountered during later phases of training.

Note: Consumer Maths, Maths in Society and similarly 'modified' maths are not suitable subjects for entry to the Army Technical and Trade Scheme,

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. 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Training

Military Training

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.

Employment Training

After completing Recruit Training, electrician trainees undertake the following training:

  • Phase One (16 days), Phase Two (23 days) and Phase four (14 days) of the Combat Engineer course at the School of Military Engineering at Moorebank, NSW
  • 12 month initial trade training electrician course at the Army School of Electrical Mechanical Engineering at Bandiana in Victoria
  • This is followed by 24-36 months of On-the-Job experience at the School of Military Engineering at Moorebank, NSW. During this on-job-experience the trainee is employed with a civil contractor in order to obtain the required trade experience to complete competency requirements to qualify as a licenced electrician.

At the completion of this training, the electrician will receive training in Field Power Generation prior to employment within a field unit.

Note: Course duration may vary depending on public holidays and other Army requirements.

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

Salary while undertaking Military (Recruit) Training: $1,406 per fortnight ($36,571 per year).*

While under training, you will also receive $395 per fortnight ($10,288 per year pro rata) Trainee Allowance.

Salary while undertaking Employment (Combat Engineer Initial Employment Training Phases 1, 2, 4, Advance Field Power Generation and Overhead Linesman) Training: : $1,607 per fortnight ($41,795 per year).*

Salary (excluding allowances) on completion of Initial Employment Training: $2,144 per fortnight ($55,762 per year).*

In addition to your salary, you will receive Service Allowance of $527 per fortnight ($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.

To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will also receive a Uniform Allowance of $16. per fortnight ($419per 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.

Locations

Electricians are mainly employed in Combat Engineer Regiments and Construction Squadrons located at:

  • QLD - Brisbane, Townsville
  • NSW - Sydney
  • NT - Darwin.

Recognition of Prior Learning

The Recognition of Prior Learning/Recognition of Current Competencies process will be completed prior to a Letter of Offer (LOO) being sent. The LOO will detail any competency gap training required to be qualified. This gap training will be undertaken as part of your initial trade training.

Requirements

Age

Must be aged between 17 and 56 years inclusive on day of entry.

Applicants will not normally 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 ofage, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.

Education & Experience

Completion of Australian Year 9 education (or equivalent) with passes in English and Mathematics together with the completion of an approved apprenticeship or an approved traineeship at a recognised training institution and any period of full-time employment stipulated for the trade.

Suitable trade qualifications include:

UEE30811 Certificate III in Electro-technology Electrician or similar

However, it is mandatory that applicants also possess an Electrical Workers Licence, Licenced Electrical Mechanic or similar. A Current A Grade Electrical Mechanic Licence or an Electrical Workers Licence is desirable.

The applicant must also have the following essential criteria:

  • Demonstrated competency in the trade, with a minimum of 3 years continuous, recent employment. Applicant needs to have current references displaying the type of work that he/she is currently carrying out.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a variety of trade environments being, Domestic, Semi-Industrial and / or Underground Services

  • Proof of employment (3 x referees - mandatory last employer).

The applicant may also have the following desirable criteria:

  • Possession of Qualified Supervisors Certificate

  • Demonstrated aerial and / or underground lines experience

  • Demonstrated ability to work in an isolated area.

Also refer to Recognition of Prior Learning for further details.

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

Electricians are enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of five 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Training

Military Training

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.

Employment Training

At the completion of your Recruit training, you will undertake Phase One (16 days), Phase Two (23 days) and Phase four (14 days) of the Combat Engineers Course at the School of Military Engineering (SME) Moorebank, Sydney NSW.

At the completion of this training, the electrician will receive training in Advance Field Power

Generation and Overhead Linesman.

Regardless of the civilian qualifications held, you may be required to complete military specific Units

of Competency at the Army Logistic Training Centre as part of your initial employment training.