About the Job

Having an accurate view of the surrounding airspace is critical to the Air Force, and as a Communication Electronic Technician, you’re responsible for making that possible. From setting up essential ground-air telecommunications to problem solving equipment faults on the fly, this exciting role will allow you to travel around Australia, ensuring safe skies for Air Force operations whilst protecting our country.

What you’ll do

You’ll perform a range of key maintenance tasks that could include:

  • Performing system checks to ensure equipment is in full working order
  • Performing routine maintenance on various systems
  • Ensuring equipment faults are fixed fast to keep operations running smoothly
  • Setting up remote communications

You may also be responsible for maintaining and repairing the following equipment and systems:

  • Ground-based radar systems
  • Satellite communication (SATCOM) systems
  • Information Technology (IT) infrastructure
  • Surveillance and Control Equipment (SCE) used by Air Traffic Controllers and Air Battle Managers
  • Integrated communication systems such as High, Very High and Ultra-High Frequency radio systems
  • Ground-based navigational aids such as Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) and non-directional beacons
Training and Career progression

We’ll train you from the ground up, teaching you everything you need to know to dive into this role during your Initial Employment Training (IET). You’ll be paid for training, and receive a nationally recognised qualification upon completion, arming you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to excel.

There are also opportunities to expand your learning and training into additional areas, such as rigging, workplace health and safety, and data management. Following your IET, further courses are also available to help you develop fault finding and problem-solving skills. There's plenty of room to grow in this role. How far you go is up to you.

Additional Information

This is not your typical communications technician role. The unique challenges you’ll be presented with and the breadth of experience you’ll gain is something only the Air Force can offer. If you have good attention to detail and enjoy discovering how technology works, this is the role for you.

Turn your passion for electronics and problem solving into an exciting and rewarding career, all while helping to protect our country.

In-service Information

In the Air Force this role is known as a Communication Electronic Technician (CE TECH).


Key Information

Preparing for Your Recruitment Process

This document provides information that will assist applicants for roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force, including details about the recruitment process, how to prepare yourself for assessment, and what to expect if you are successful in joining the Australian Defence Force.

National Qualifications

The Royal Australian Air Force is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) under the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF). This allows the Air Force to issue national awards, which in principle have the same standing as those provided by Universities and other Institutes of TAFE. Where feasible and appropriate, the Air Force will continue to obtain national accreditation for their courses and training programs. The RTO for CETECH is Navy, who are responsible for the issue of national awards under the AQTF. For more information ask your Careers Coach.

Salary & Allowances

In the Air Force you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.

In addition to your salary you'll receive a variety of allowances, extra pay for relevant qualifications – plus 16.4% superannuation, a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.


For more details download our Salary Scales.


Locations

Members may be posted to most Air Force bases and other Defence Establishments within Australia, as well as limited overseas opportunities.


Requirements

Age

Applicants must be aged between 17 and 55 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.

Education & Experience

It is essential that the applicant has successfully completed Year 10 with passes in English, Mathematics and Science (with a physics component) and one other subject.

Completion of a Basic Electronics Certificate would be an advantage.

Note: Consumer Maths, General Maths, Mathematics (General Mathematics) and similarly 'modified' Maths subjects are not suitable for this job.

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.

Additional Requirements

Licence Requirements:

At a minimum, candidates must hold a valid Australian State or Territory provisional/probationary C Class Drivers Licence upon enlistment/appointment. Candidates with suspended or cancelled licences will not be eligible to join until the suspension or cancellation has been lifted or has expired.

Aptitude

The Job Opportunities Assessment (JOA) is completed as part of the application process to join the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Some jobs may also require you to complete a further evaluation at a later date.

The JOA is used by Defence to establish suitability for ADF entry, and then identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information about the JOA can be found in the Guide to the Job Opportunities Assessment for the ADF.

To get a feel for the types of questions that are used in the Job Opportunities Assessment and how they will look on your screen some examples can be found in the Job Opportunities Assessment Example Questions.

Citizenship

To serve in the ADF you must be an Australian Citizen.

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 a security clearance appropriate to their employment.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and if required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) 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 (NV1), and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years.

This means applicants must provide credible referees (non-family members) who are able to provide information about the applicant covering an extended period of time. Required information for an NV1 includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Financial information
  • Travel

Some ADF jobs may require a higher level of security clearance such as Negative Vetting Level 2 (NV2) or Positive Vetting (PV). Your individual circumstances will determine the number and complexity of the questions and the supporting documents required for these levels.

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

The security clearance is critical to an applicant's successful progression through the recruiting process. It is strongly recommended that all applicants action the Security Clearance Package (ePack) and provide the required documentation without delay to provide the best opportunity to commence training and be employed in their preferred employment category.

For more detailed information on the security vetting process and specific clearance level requirements set by AGSVA, please refer to the AGSVA website.

Support will be provided by DFR during the initial application process.

Training

Military Training

Duration: 10.6 weeks

Location: RAAF Base Wagga (NSW)

You'll start your Air Force career at No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU). In three intensive months you'll transition smoothly from civilian to Service life, acquiring the basic knowledge, skills and physical fitness required for your role; and learning to become an effective and productive member of the Air Force.

You can read about what to expect at the No.1 Recruit Training Unit on the 1RTU website.

Employment Training

Fitter Course.
Duration: Duration: 38-42 weeks depending on trainee's ability, changes to courseware or for leave periods (e.g. Christmas Break etc).
Location: HMAS Cerberus at Crib Point, Victoria.

The Fitter Course provides underpinning theoretical knowledge in electronics which is reinforced through conducting practical exercises and assessments on circuit cards using common test equipment. It also includes training on safety, basic use of hand tools, wiring and cable termination, soldering, IT equipment, and Air Force maintenance procedures. The majority of the course is instructed by qualified specialist civilian instructors in a joint Air Force and Navy training environment. A large portion of the course is conducted in Flexible Learning Centres using Computer Aided Instruction (CAI), allowing the trainee some degree of control over the learning pace. Air Force specific modules are conducted in single service classes prior to graduating.

On completion of this training, trainees graduate as an Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman (AC/ACW) Communication Electronic Fitter Grade 1 and are then posted to an air base to undergo on-the-job training. Upon graduation, they are also awarded a Certificate III in Electronics and Communications.

Fitter Progression.

On completion of basic recruit training and the Communication Electronic Fitters course, the member is regraded to AC/ACW Communication Electronic Fitter Grade 1 (CEFITT1). After 12 months of employment as a Fitter Grade 1 and with the Commanding Officers recommendation, the member will be promoted to Leading Aircraftman/Leading Aircraftwoman (LAC/LACW) and regraded to Communication Electronic Fitter Grade 2 (CEFITT2).

Progression to Communication Electronic Technician (CETECH) is achieved after successful completion of 12 months on the job training as a CEFITT2. Eligibility for further promotion through the ranks to Warrant Officer will be in competition with all other eligible members within rank.

Further Training

Technician Progression Options
Progression through Promotion.

CETECHs may choose to remain at the Technician skill level and seek advancement through the ranks to Warrant Officer.


Key Information

Preparing for Your Recruitment Process

This document provides information that will assist applicants for roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force, including details about the recruitment process, how to prepare yourself for assessment, and what to expect if you are successful in joining the Australian Defence Force.

National Qualifications

The Royal Australian Air Force is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) under the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF). This allows the Air Force to issue national awards, which in principle have the same standing as those provided by Universities and other Institutes of TAFE. Where feasible and appropriate, the Air Force will continue to obtain national accreditation for their courses and training programs. The RTO for CETECH is Navy, who are responsible for the issue of national awards under the AQTF. For more information ask your Careers Coach.

Salary & Allowances

In the Air Force you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.

In addition to your salary you'll receive a variety of allowances, extra pay for relevant qualifications – plus 16.4% superannuation, a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.


For more details download our Salary Scales.


Locations

Members may be posted to most Air Force bases and other Defence Establishments within Australia, as well as limited overseas opportunities.


Requirements

Age

Applicants must be aged between 17 and 55 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.

Education & Experience

Fully qualified:
Certificate III in Electronic Communications or higher (UEE 30911), comprising competencies prescribed by RAAF.
 
Partially qualified:
Competencies contributing towards a Certificate III in Electronic Communications.
Qualifications held under similar training packages will be considered on a case by case basis by the MCA.

It is essential that the applicant has successfully completed Year 10 with passes in English, Mathematics and Science (with a physics component) and one other subject. In addition, qualified applicants must hold a Certificate III in Engineering Electrical / Electronic Trade with achievements in Air Force recognised competencies.

Applicants applying for qualified entry must provide original documents of their education, trade certificates, units of competency results and a current resume to their Careers Coach. These documents will then be forwarded to the Recruiting Liaison Officer (RLO-1) at Directorate of Personnel Capability Management -Air Force for review by the Air Force job sponsor to establish eligibility for qualified enlistment.

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.

Additional Requirements

Licence Requirements:

At a minimum, candidates must hold a valid Australian State or Territory provisional/probationary C Class Drivers Licence upon enlistment/appointment. Candidates with suspended or cancelled licences will not be eligible to join until the suspension or cancellation has been lifted or has expired.

Aptitude

The Job Opportunities Assessment (JOA) is completed as part of the application process to join the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Some jobs may also require you to complete a further evaluation at a later date.

The JOA is used by Defence to establish suitability for ADF entry, and then identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information about the JOA can be found in the Guide to the Job Opportunities Assessment for the ADF.

To get a feel for the types of questions that are used in the Job Opportunities Assessment and how they will look on your screen some examples can be found in the Job Opportunities Assessment Example Questions.

Citizenship

To serve in the ADF you must be an Australian Citizen.

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 a security clearance appropriate to their employment.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and if required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) 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 (NV1), and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years.

This means applicants must provide credible referees (non-family members) who are able to provide information about the applicant covering an extended period of time. Required information for an NV1 includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Financial information
  • Travel

Some ADF jobs may require a higher level of security clearance such as Negative Vetting Level 2 (NV2) or Positive Vetting (PV). Your individual circumstances will determine the number and complexity of the questions and the supporting documents required for these levels.

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

The security clearance is critical to an applicant's successful progression through the recruiting process. It is strongly recommended that all applicants action the Security Clearance Package (ePack) and provide the required documentation without delay to provide the best opportunity to commence training and be employed in their preferred employment category.

For more detailed information on the security vetting process and specific clearance level requirements set by AGSVA, please refer to the AGSVA website.

Support will be provided by DFR during the initial application process.

Training

Military Training

Duration: 10.6 weeks

Location: RAAF Base Wagga (NSW)

You'll start your Air Force career at No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU). In three intensive months you'll transition smoothly from civilian to Service life, acquiring the basic knowledge, skills and physical fitness required for your role; and learning to become an effective and productive member of the Air Force.

You can read about what to expect at the No.1 Recruit Training Unit on the 1RTU website.

Employment Training

Direct Entry:
On completion of recruit training, the direct entry member will be re-classified from Recruit Trainee to a grade and rank dependant on their prior qualifications and/or work experience. All direct entry applications are assessed on a case by case basis. The member will then be posted to HMAS Cerberus to undergo RCC/RPL assessment and to complete Air Force specific modules and any further training, as identified by HMAS Cerberus.

On successful completion of Air Force specific modules and any further training identified, the member may be regarded, as assessed on their prior qualifications and/or work experience and then posted to an air base to undergo on-the-job training. The mandatory two (2) years experience as a fitter may be waived. In some cases seniority can be awarded depending on the persons work and/or military experience.

Eligibility for further promotion through the ranks to Warrant Officer will be in competition with all other eligible members within rank.

Further Training

Technician Progression Options
Progression through Promotion.

CETECHs may choose to remain at the Technician skill level and seek advancement through the ranks to Warrant Officer.