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Mechanical Engineer


Maintain the Army's modern hardware and equipment. You'll get your hands on everything from tanks and artillery to missile systems, water craft, aircraft and helicopters.

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About the Job

The Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) Corps is a technical corps tasked with the maintenance of the Army's modern hardware and equipment. The Corps has about 400 officers and 3350 other ranks.

Mechanical Engineers are an essential element of RAEME. Engineers are employed in a wide variety of employment.

On completion of tertiary sponsorship, and graduation from the Direct Entry Officer Course at the Royal Military College, RAEME Officers will be employed as a platoon commander within a major maintenance unit where he/she will be responsible for the technical and administrative needs of his/her platoon of tradespersons.

A variety of appointments will follow giving the graduate increasing responsibility and authority commensurate with his/her experience.

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

While studying at ADFA you will receive:

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: $48,2426 per year.*

While under training, you will also receive $10,2886 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.

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.

Once commissioned, your salary will continue to increase based on your rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. You will also receive a Service Allowance of $13,717 per year. 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

RAEME Corps is represented in most Army units, varying in size from one or two tradespersons, to groups of 20 to 30 tradespersons up to large maintenance units consisting of over 150 personnel in an integrated military and civilian workforce.


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) 11 years for those personnel who study an engineering degree at ADFA. Those who enter the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps through the ADFA pathway but only study a three year degree (i.e not an engineering degree) will be appointed for an Initial Minimum of Period of Service of nine 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.

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 Recruitment Centre 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

Logistics Officers Basic Course: 9 Weeks

The Logistics Officers Basic Course introduces the newly appointed RAEME Officer to the Corps methodology and practices. This course will equip you to fulfil the demands of your first appointments within the Corps and concentrates on administration and field operations of RAEME units and other logistics units. The course is conducted at the Army Logistics Training Centre in Bandiana, Victoria.

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

Salary (excluding allowances) on commissioning is $64,840 per year.*

Uniform Allowance at a rate of $682 per year is paid to assist members to maintain an approved scale of uniforms in good order and condition.

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.

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

RAEME Corps is represented in most Army units, varying in size from one or two tradespersons, to groups of 20 to 30 tradespersons up to large maintenance units consisting of over 150 personnel in an integrated military and civilian workforce.


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.

  • Marine/Ocean
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics

You may commence the selection process if you are in the final year of a four year Bachelor of Engineering Degree and can present your completed third year academic transcript. Your appointment will be subject to successful completion of 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, of which the first 18 months will be onprobation. 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 Recruitment Centre 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

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 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 of training and currently conducted in the first half of the training year. The ARES course is conducted in the latter half of the year and consists of three modules. Module One is 9 days, Module Two is 16 days and Module Three is 16 days. Depending on your tiering you may only be require to complete one, two or all three modules before being deemed competent for employment as an SSO.

ARES SSO Tiering Matrix.

During RMC (Military Training) members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Physical Fitness Levels

All trainees attending training at RMC are required to participate in an Initial Fitness Assessment (IFA) on arrival at RMC.

Ares SSOs must complete IFA for both modules. 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

The Logistics Officers Basic Course introduces the newlyappointed RAEME Officer to the Corps methodology and practices.This course will equip you to fulfil the demands of your firstappointments within the Corps and concentrates on administrationand field operations of RAEME units and other logistics units. Thecourse is conducted at the Army Logistics Training Centre inBandiana, Victoria.

Further Training

Throughout your military career you will undertake formal courses of both a military and technical nature in order to be eligible for promotion and broaden your technical competence. These may include:

  • Masters of Project Management (Army Technical Staff Officers Course - ATSOC) conducted at the Australian Defence Force Academy ADFA in Canberra. Positions for a senior Captain/Major each year.
  • Masters of Science in Military Vehicle Technology at Royal Military College Schrivenham UK. Positions for two Captains/Majors each year.

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

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

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

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

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

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 academic, military and employment training will be:

$64,840 per year ($2,485 per fortnight).*

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 $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

RAEME Corps is represented in most Army units, varying in size from one or two tradespersons, to groups of 20 to 30 tradespersons up to large maintenance units consisting of over 150 personnel in an integrated military and civilian workforce.


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 and

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.

  • Marine/Ocean
  • 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 Recruitment Centre 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

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 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 of training and currently conducted in the first half of the training year. The ARES course is conducted in the latter half of the year and consists of three modules. Module One is 9 days, Module Two is 16 days and Module Three is 16 days. Depending on your tiering you may only be require to complete one, two or all three modules before being deemed competent for employment as an SSO.

ARES SSO Tiering Matrix.

During RMC (Military Training) members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Physical Fitness Levels

All trainees attending training at RMC are required to participate in an Initial Fitness Assessment (IFA) on arrival at RMC.

Ares SSOs must complete IFA for both modules. 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

The Logistics Officers Basic Course introduces the newlyappointed RAEME Officer to the Corps methodology and practices.This course will equip you to fulfil the demands of your firstappointments within the Corps and concentrates on administrationand field operations of RAEME units and other logistics units.

The course is conducted at the Army Logistics Training Centre inBandiana, Victoria.