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The Marine Technician Submariners (MTSM): specialising in engineering systems operation and maintenance.
MTSM sailors are required to be adept at operating, monitoring and maintaining equipment both in a seagoing and shore-based environment. As operators or maintainers, MTSMs are required to operate equipment and monitor performance to identify trends which have the potential to impact on the operational capability of a submarine and to initiate corrective action if required. As part of their maintenance function, they are required to conduct periodic routine planned maintenance, attend to breakdown maintenance and assist contractors in higher level maintenance.
The MTSM sailor is responsible for the operation and maintenance of various machinery and associated systems throughout the submarine including, but not limited to:
- The main propulsion machinery
- Associated propulsion control and monitoring systems
- Electrical power generation and distribution including High Voltage (1000VAC, 1500VDC), Low Voltage (24-1000VAC, 120-1500VDC), and Extra Low Voltage (24VAC, 120VDC)
- Auxiliary systems including Air Conditioning, Ventilation, Refrigeration and Davits
- Liquid and cargo handling systems
- Hull structures and fittings
- Basic fault finding and diagnostics on systems including control circuits
- In-situ repair and component change out of pumps, motors and ancillary system equipment
- Manufacture/ supply/ install components to systems as part of a Fleet Support Unit work team
Maintenance activities regularly require the use of a wide range of skills including mechanical, electrical, fluid power and electronics. As such, on completion of the initial minimum period of service of 4 years, MTSMs will go on to complete trade training to undertake their role as technical maintainers. On completion of this training, the sailor can return to the submarine or shore establishment and perform maintenance duties relating to a specific system or skill set.
Trade training is offered in the following disciplines: Diesels, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and Electrical.
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Join the ADF and receive full trade training
On successful completion of initial employment training you will receive a Certificate II in Engineering, which is a nationally recognised qualification.
On completion of further Operational Qualification training MTSM sailors may have an opportunity to complete a Cert III in Maritime Operations.
Salary & Allowances
Salary while undertaking Military (Recruit) Training: $1,434 per fortnight ($37,302 per year).*
Salary while undertaking Employment Training commences at $1,639 per fortnight ($2,631 per year) and increases to $1,844 per fortnight ($47,960 per year) after 12 months of training.*
While under training, you will also receive $403 per fortnight ($10,493 per year pro rata) Trainee Allowance.
Salary on completion of Employment Training and Submarine Qualification: $2,497 per fortnight ($64,936 per year).
In addition to your salary, you will also receive Service Allowance of $538 per fortnight ($13,991 per year) except while undertaking Military (Initial) or Employment training. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family.
To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will also receive a Uniform Allowance of $16 per fortnight ($419 per year).
Each General Entry job in the Australian Defence Force is classified into a pay grade. The starting Pay Grade after Initial Employment Training for MTSM is Pay Grade 6.
Your 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.
You will generally be based at HMAS Stirling on Garden Island, Western Australia less than an hours drive south of Perth.
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
For the General Entry Marine Technician Sailor Category, you must have successfully completed Year 10, with passes in English, Mathematics and Science.
Note: Consumer Maths, Maths in Society and similarly 'modified' maths are not suitable for this job. Yr 10 Trade and Business Maths is acceptable,
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.
Further information is available here.
Medical & Fitness
To be appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry into the ADF. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.
You must also pass the swim test and physical fitness test to graduate from your Navy Training and to proceed to the Safety of Life at Sea Training that is a requirement for Recruit School and Officer training.
Royal Australian Navy Swim Test (RANST)
The RANST is conducted to ensure the Navy's duty of care to all serving personnel, with respect to rudimentary swimming skills. The purpose of the RANST is to ensure fundamental water survival skills as a prerequisite to training such as survival at sea training.
Individual components of the RANST are fundamentally related to the survival at sea scenario. Competency in the RANST is achieved through successful completion of each component comprising:
- A safety jump off a 3m tower in overalls
- A 10m underwater swim in overalls
- A 50m swim using three safety strokes
- The ability to tread water or float for 15 mins (removal of overalls optional)
Note: You will find it much easier to pass the swimming test if you undertake swimming training before you join.
All personnel will undertake the RANST upon entry and competency is to be achieved within 15 weeks from commencement of initial training. Failure of any one component will constitute failure of the entire RANST and no waivers will be granted.
For more details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF , Medical Process for Entry into the ADF and Physical Employment Standards once you're in the ADF
Period of Service
You will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of four years. On enlistment if you elect to serve an open ended enlistment, you will be able to serve until retirement age, subject to your continued suitability for service. If you elect to serve for a fixed period of service, subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service.
Your Careers Counselor can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.
The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.
Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.
The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.
Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.
Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.
If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary 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.
The security clearance is critical to an applicant’s successful progression through to Navy employment and training. It is strongly recommended that all applicants provide the required documents as early as possible in the recruiting process to avoid any delays in their training and employment.
Details regarding the security requirements for all Navy jobs can be found here.
Duration: 11 weeks
Location: Crib Point, Victoria
The Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus is situated on Western Port Bay, Victoria about 70 kilometres south east of Melbourne. The school has its own administration building, accommodation blocks and classrooms and operates as an independent unit within the greater training environment of Cerberus.
The eleven week recruit course is designed to give you sufficient knowledge and skills on which to base your Navy career. The course includes both classroom and practical activities. Most subjects are individually tested. Examinations are set to ensure recruits are sufficiently prepared to undertake further specialist training at category schools. Private study areas are available in the school and a Duty Instructor is available for assistance during non-instructional hours.
When you are offered a General Entry job in the Navy, you will receive Joining Instructions for the Recruit Training Course. These instructions will provide you with a good indication of the daily routine while at the recruit school and what will be expected of you during your training. This information is also available by accessing the Navy recruit school web site.
Recruits, who successfully complete the course including the Navy Swimming Test , participate in a Graduation Parade, which is normally held on the Friday of the last week of training. Recruits will have the opportunity to invite family and friends to view the parade.
After graduation, personnel will be posted to category schools at Cerberus or at other training establishments throughout Australia.
During Military (Initial Recruit) Training and Initial Employment Training (IET), members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities, depending on a number of factors.
On completion of Recruit training you will be posted to HMAS Stirling in WA to undertake a Submarine Selection Course (SSC) for 3 days.
The SSC is a two way process in which:
- Personnel can make an informed decision as to their suitability for submarine service; and
- The member's suitability for submarine service will be assessed
Once you have been assessed as suitable at the SSC you will return to HMAS Cerberus for the following MT category training.
Course: Marine Technician Initial Technical Training (ITT)
Location: Engineering Faculty, HMAS Cerberus, Crib Point, Victoria.
Duration: 26 weeks
Note: Prior to commencing employment training, the level of maths ability is assessed to determine whether remedial maths training is required.
To provide the MT with the appropriate level of training, all MT sailors are provided with common technical operator and service level technician training. Upon successful completion of MT2010 ITT, members are awarded National Qualification MEM20105—Certificate II in Engineering (Mechanical). Additionally members gain the underpinning knowledge towards the achievement of National Qualification MAR30413—Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal) which aligns directly to the Marine System Technician (MST) and Marine Systems Controller operator qualifications.
MTSM trainees will complete Auxiliary Machinery Operator acquaint modules in various systems to prepare them for their first sea posting. Modules comprise:
- Steering Gear Systems
- Stabiliser Systems
- Ships Diesel Generators
- Electrical Switchboards
- Air Compressors
- Desalination Plants ( Evaporators and reverse Osmosis)
- Sewage Treatment Plants
- Air Conditioning Systems
- Refrigeration Systems
- Pumping Systems; and
- Ships Motor Boats
All MTSM trainees will consolidate their ITT by completing a 24 hour Right of Passage within HMAS Cerberus (Simulation of watchkeeping and maintenance duties in an engineering environment at sea).
Further Navy specific training will be conducted to prepare Sailors for their first deployment to sea which will include, Damage Control and Fire Fighting (containing elements of electrical damage control) and Survival at Sea.
The following link describes the training continuum for Marine Technician Submariner
At the end of category training instead of joining the surface fleet directly you will be posted to the Submarine Training and Systems Centre to undertake your submarine specialisation training.
Initial Collins Class Course (ICCC)
Duration: 5 weeks
Consists of a series of Computer based and instructor based modules that introduces the students to the construction, systems and inter-relationships that make up the submarine. The students also undertake Submarine Fire-fighting and Submarine Escape during this 5 week period.
Duration: 6 months
Designed to give the student the requisite knowledge to undertake their job as part of the submarine technical and tactical departments.
The course covers all mechanical and electrical systems onboard the Collins Class Submarine including:
- Diesel and Power Generation Systems
- Power Conversion and Distribution (submarine specific)
- Weapons Hydraulics and Discharge Systems
- Internal and External Hydraulic Systems; and
- Auxiliary systems including:
- Salt Water and Fresh Water Cooling Systems
- High and Low Pressure Air Systems
- Escape Systems
- Ballast Systems
- Weight Compensation and Buoyancy Systems
- Trim Systems
- Potable Water System
- Induction and Exhaust Systems; and
- Garbage and Sewage Systems
Upon successful completion of MTSM training, the sailor is posted to an available training billet on-board a submarine where they undertake their Submarine Sea Qualification (SMSQ) task book. The task book is used to consolidate all the knowledge they have learnt in the Submarine Training and System Centre (STSC) and prove they have what it takes to earn their dolphins.
Further information is available on the Submariner pages.
To provide the MTSM category with the appropriate continuing level of training, MTSM sailors are also provided with common and specialist training at promotion from Leading Seaman to Warrant Officer.
As MTSM sailors progress in their Navy career, they may be entitled to complete training / courses which equates to the awarding of a Nationally Recognised Qualification between the levels of a Certificate II through to an Advanced Diploma.