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Vehicle Mechanic


Interested in a challenging and diverse career working with mates who share your passion for anything mechanical? If you enjoy being out in the garage tinkering with bikes, playing with cars, modifying engines or have an interest in four wheel drives, trucks and earthmoving equipment or would like to know how an Army tank runs, drives and is able to do its job, and If you're seeking a highly sought after trade and qualifications to match, then becoming a heavy vehicle mechanic in the Army is for you.

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About the Job

As a Vehicle Mechanic you will be a valued member of a team, working not only in a workshop, but also out in the field on exercises and deployments. Vehicle Mechanics serve in the Corps of the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME). You will be able to inspect, service, repair and maintain a wide variety of motor vehicles including motorbikes, four wheel drives, trucks, trailers, plant equipment, marine equipment and armoured vehicles. You'll receive comprehensive and ongoing training that ensures you master a huge variety of equipment.

You'll have the opportunity to grow your mechanical knowledge of the Abrams Tank, ASLAV, Armoured Personnel Carriers and Earthmoving equipment with the completion of specialist courses.

Your duties:

The duties listed below are those that you could be expected to perform, but note that not all duties are performed in each position:

  • Diagnose, maintain and repair the Army's fleet of general service vehicles, protected mobility vehicles and construction equipment
  • Work with specialist teams on advanced armoured vehicle hydraulic, fuel and electrical systems or vehicle power plants including the gas turbine engine on the Abrams Main Battle Tank
  • Perform safety and technical inspections on vehicles and specialist equipment and
  • General soldiering duties, such as manning defensive positions, patrolling, traffic control, camouflaging of vehicles and field equipment, and navigation.
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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.


FULL JOB DETAILS

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 Initial Employment Training commences at $1,607per 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.

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 ($419 per year).

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

Postings are usually to large Combat Service Support Battalions (CSSB) located in Brisbane, Darwin and Townsville.


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.

Applicants who hold a Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Road Transport) are considered for qualified entry.

If you hold a Certificate III, in any automotive discipline, have evidence towards a partial completion or the completion of an approved apprenticeship or traineeship you may be given advanced standing as part of the Recognition of Prior Learning process towards the Army Vehicle Mechanic course. This will reduce the amount of time you will spend in training.

Regardless of civilian qualifications held, you will be required to complete military specific Units of Competency at the Army Logistic Training Centre as part of your initial employment training.

You should present your trade paperwork at the recruiting interview as the Recognition of Prior Learning/Recognition of Current Competencies process can not be completed after enlistment.

Requirements

Age

Applicants must be aged between 17 and 52 years of age inclusive on 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, Science and one other subject.

Partially Qualified: Completion of Australian Year 10 education (or equivalent) with passes in English, Mathematics, Science and one (1) other subject as well as evidence that supports attainment of competencies towards a Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical (Heavy Road Transport or Heavy Vehicle Mobile Plant Equipment or Light Vehicle or equivalent) delivered by a recognised training institution.

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

Unqualified Entry

You will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of seven 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.

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

Trainee Entry:

Vehicle Mechanic Course: Approximately 18 months (self-paced training)

On the Job training: Approximately 12 Months.

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

Initial trade training is conducted at the Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (ASEME), which is located within the Army Logistic Training Centre (ALTC) in Victoria. The courses and competencies attained by a Vehicle Mechanic are gained through successful completion of the Army Technical and Trades Vehicle Mechanic Course (ATTVM). This training is self paced and is expected to be completed in approximately 18 months. Students are taught theory and practice of motor vehicle systems including brakes, clutches, steering, drivelines, fuel systems, electrical systems, transmissions, hydraulics and internal combustion engines. Both petrol and diesel engines are covered with an emphasis on diesel.

Removal, testing and replacement of components are combined with their overhaul while the final stage concentrates on diagnostic procedures. Trainees must also attain skills in fitting, machining, oxy-acetylene and arc-welding as allied trades.

Following completion of the residential component of the course, students are posted to a Regional Training Centre to complete a 12 month nominal On the Job Training (OJT) program before becoming fully qualified.

This entry method is currently not recruiting

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 (excluding allowances) on completion of Recruit Training: $2,009 per fortnight ($52,244 per year) at Pay Grade 3.*

Salary (excluding allowances) on completion of OJT: $2,144 per fortnight ($55,762 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.

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).

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

Postings are usually to large Combat Service Support Battalions (CSSB) located in Brisbane, Darwin and Townsville.


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.

Applicants who hold a Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Road Transport) are considered for qualified entry.

If you hold a Certificate III, in any automotive discipline, have evidence towards a partial completion or the completion of an approved apprenticeship or traineeship you may be given advanced standing as part of the Recognition of Prior Learning process towards the Army Vehicle Mechanic course. This will reduce the amount of time you will spend in training.

Regardless of civilian qualifications held, you will be required to complete military specific Units of Competency at the Army Logistic Training Centre as part of your initial employment training.

You should present your trade paperwork at the recruiting interview as the Recognition of Prior Learning/Recognition of Current Competencies process can not be completed after enlistment.

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

Qualified entry requires the applicant to hold a trade qualification (trade certificate) issued by a state training authority aligned to a Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (or equivalent). The trade qualification is certified by Army Logistics Training Centre prior to entry. Also, completion, in the relevant trade, of an approved apprenticeship or an approved traineeship at a recognised training institution and any period of full-time employment stipulated for that trade.

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 four 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 IMPS obligation.

Your Careers Counsellor can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.

If your qualifications are partially recognised, you will be advised of the Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) after the Recognition of Prior Learning/Recognition of Current Competencies process is complete.

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

Regardless of 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.