About the Job

Electricians are required to provide specialist electrical support to the Air Force's expeditionary operations. The Electrician's role involves the installation, maintenance and repair of power and lighting reticulation systems, and other electrical plant and equipment in industrial and domestic style conditions. Principal duties concentrate on deployed operations both within Australia and overseas. A limited number of positions in specific locations are responsible for other electrical plant and equipment in industrial conditions and domestic installations. These roles are performed regularly on deployments to temporary and permanent airfields in support of expeditionary air operations. Such activities could also be undertaken at any of the major RAAF Bases and at isolated temporary RAAF airfields or construction sites within Australia.

Electricians receive training in general and specialist vehicle operation and are required to support other trades in the performance of their duties. Whilst posted to remote localities and in exercise situations, the Electrician may be responsible for the installation of mains size power reticulation and the maintenance of power generating equipment and airfield lighting installations. Electricians also participate regularly in ground defence exercises where they are required to provide temporary electrical services. Electricians are able to progress to the rank of Corporal.

After completing Construction Foreman training, promotion to Sergeant, Works Supervisor is in competition with your peers from the other Airfield Engineering Musterings. Further training in construction and project management is completed to follow a career path up to the rank of Warrant Officer. Available positions for training is dependent upon workforce requirements.



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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.

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

Electricians may be employed at various units and bases within Australia, such as:

  • RAAF Base Townsville, QLD
  • RAAF Base Richmond, NSW
  • RAAF Base Tindal, NT

Electrician Corporals can also be employed at a bare base in an electrician/assistant caretaker role or The School of Military Engineering (SME) as an instructor. These positions are located at

  • RAAF Base Curtin, WA near Derby(assistant caretaker/electrician)
  • SME- Holsworthy Barracks, Liverpool Sydney (instructor)

Requirements

Age

Applicants must be aged between 17 and 53 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

Trainee Entry

Applicants are required to have successfully completed Year 10 of a Year 12 Board developed Course (or state equivalent), with a pass in English, Science and Mathematics. Consumer Maths, Maths in Society and similarly modified mathematics subjects are not suitable. These entry qualifications are the minimum required to facilitate understanding of the engineering principles encountered during later phases of training.

Applicants without the minimum educational qualification may be considered if they possess relevant work experience or tertiary qualifications.

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 six 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 and provide a minimum of three month's notice.

Additional 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

Trainee Entry

After completing Recruit Training, electrician trainees undertake a 16 month initial trade training course at Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (ASEME), Bonegilla, VIC.

This is followed by 24-38 months of On-the-Job training with the addition of military specific training based at School of Military Engineering at Moorebank.

Further Training

Additional Employment Training

Further training opportunities will occur in Specialist Airfield Engineering Courses, covering a variety of subjects to provide skill sets in order to meet operational requirements. Electricians will also be required to undertake core training courses required for career progression. These are contained in the AFENG Electrician Professional Development Strategy (PDS) and identify all career progression/promotion courses from Air Craftsman through to CPL .Further career progression /promotion courses can be found in the Works Supervisor.


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.

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

Electricians may be employed at various units and bases within Australia, such as:

  • RAAF Base Townsville, QLD
  • RAAF Base Richmond, NSW
  • RAAF Base Tindal, NT

Electrician Corporals can also be employed at the three bare bases in a caretaker role or RAAFSFS as an instructor. These bases are:

  • RAAF Base Scherger, QLD near Weipa
  • RAAF Base Curtin, WA near Derby
  • RAAF Learmonth, WA near Exmouth
  • RAAF Amberley, QLD, near Brisbane (Instructor)
  • Electricians may also be attached to Army Engineering Units for specific taskings

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

Prior to enlistment, qualified applicants must have successfully completed an indentured apprenticeship or traineeship and have:

  • Current Certificate III in Electrical or dated equivalent - Trade Certificate in Electrical Mechanical, Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship Electrician and
  • it is essential to hold a current unrestricted electricians licence; or current equivalent, endorsed by the Electricity Supply Association of Australia Regulatory Authorities Licensing Committee and
  • Completed 12 months productive employment in the trade after training.
Note: You must have a pass in Year 10 English, Science and Mathematics in addition to holding the relevant trade qualification.

Applicants applying for qualified entry must provide proof of high school results in addition to original 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 - Air Force for review by the Air Force job sponsor to establish eligibility for qualified enlistment.

If you do not satisfy the education requirements for this trade or do not possess evidence of the required educational attainment, there is an alternative pathway available to you.

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 Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation and provide a minimum of three months' notice.

Additional Requirements

Special 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.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a provisional/probationary or full Australian C Class (or equivalent) motor vehicle licence for a vehicle with a manual transmission for 12 months. Applicants must be free of traffic infringements and/or offences that may result in future cancellation of the licence, or prevent the issue of and ADF Drivers Licence.

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

Airfield Engineer Employment Course

Location: RAAF Security and Fire School, Amberley (RAAFSFS), QLD

Duration: 7 weeks

After completion of the aforementioned training you will attend training at the RAAF Security and Fire School, (RAAFSFS), RAAF Base Amberley near Brisbane in QLD. Further Airfield Engineering specific training will be undertaken at the RAAF Security and Fire School (RAAFSFS), RAAF Base Amberley near Brisbane. Here you will undertake training in basic Airfield Engineering Construction courses, Airfield specific courses, Construction Safety, Skidsteer and backhoe Loader operations.

Further Training

Additional Employment Training

The opportunity to undergo further training in Specialist Airfield Engineering Courses, covering subjects such as scaffolding/ dogging/ rigging/ shoring and trenching/ explosive power tools may be available if required to complete specific construction tasks.

Electricians will also be required to undertake core training courses required for career progression. These are contained in the AFENG log book and include chainsaw, senior first aid, Airfield Lighting and High Voltage switching familiarisation, CPL and SGT promotion courses.