About the Job

If you’re looking to make a difference, experience adventure and make mates for life, the Army Reserve has an exciting opportunity that can work around your lifestyle.

As a part-time Electrical Technician (also known as Technician Electrical), you’ll play a crucial role providing support to the wider Australian Army by inspecting, servicing, repairing and maintaining advanced military equipment and vehicles.

Electrical Technicians serve in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) Corps. Some of the areas you’ll work on include:

  • Automotive electrical systems
  • Commercial and domestic refrigeration equipment
  • Air conditioning equipment (including Automotive air conditioning)
  • Low, medium and high-capacity field generation systems (including specialist generation systems) and
  • Various portable and non-portable electrical appliances

This is a great opportunity to work with like-minded people and make mates for life. You will also gain high quality specialised training that is transferable to your civilian career.

On Reserve parade nights, you can expect to refine your electrical skills, plan ahead for exercises and keep up your soldier training. In larger training exercises, you’ll play a valuable role supporting your team, whether that’s by providing electrical expertise or servicing vital equipment on humanitarian operations.

Just give as little as one night a week, one weekend a month or a few weeks a year and you’ll get a world of new experiences back. See how this flexible part-time role can fit in with your lifestyle.

In-Service Information

This role is known as Technician Electrical within the Army.

Employment Category Number (ECN): 418

Employment Category: Combat Support

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

Most Reservists join the Australian Defence Force for the exciting work, the friendships and the lifestyle. But there are many other benefits too, including financial ones.

The pay you receive in the Army Reserve goes straight into your pocket with no deductions for tax, and it increases as you gain seniority and experience.

For more details download our Salary Scales.


There are Army Reserve depots located all around Australia. Click here to find the one closest to you.

With this being a critical role within the Defence Force, it’s possible that positions will be created outside of the listed locations. This will be reviewed and determined on a case by case basis.



The Compulsory Retirement Age (CRA) for Reserve Service is 65 years. Enlistment up to and including the age of 60 years is open for all employment categories. Candidates who wish to enlist into the Army Reserve beyond the age of 60 years will need to be further assessed to ensure they would be feasibly able to complete all obligatory pre-requisite training in their chosen area of employment prior to reaching CRA.

Candidates whose age exceeds the age guidelines may still be considered for appointment, providing they have special skills or training that is of value to the Army.

Education & Experience

For this role you’ll need to hold a trade qualification issued by a state training authority aligned to a Certificate III in Engineering - Electrical Trade (or equivalent).

You’ll also need to have completed an Australian Year 10 education (or equivalent) with passes in English and Mathematics.

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.

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 can work from as little as one night a week, with your first year of service involving between 35-70 days (including IET and Military Training). Each year following you’ll need to commit to between 20-70 days per year.

Members may transfer out of the active Army Reserve at any time.

All candidates who are appointed or enlisted into the Army Reserve may undertake volunteer service until the age of 65 (Compulsory Retiring Age) subject to the requirements of the Army and suitability for further service.


Online Aptitude Testing (OAT) is completed as part of the application process to join the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

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

Further information about OAT can be found in the Guide to Online Aptitude Testing for the ADF.

To get a feel for the types of questions that are used in an Online Aptitude Test and how they will look on your screen some examples can be found in the Online Aptitude Testing Example Questions.


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.


Military Training

Recruit Training

All Army Reserve soldiers are required to complete their Recruit Course within six months of enlisting. This takes place over 35 continuous days in Wagga Wagga, NSW, at Kapooka. The training requirements are the same for males and females.

During this course, you’ll be required to take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, drill, first aid, navigation and field craft exercises. Training is deliberately challenging and has been designed to prepare you to be a soldier in today's Army. Instructional staff and your fellow recruits will be there to support you with the aim of watching you succeed.

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. Find out more here.

Employment Training

Employment training consists of an Army Reserve RAEME Induction course, This is a 9 day course which is conducted at or near to your posting locations in one of the following regions: Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth or Townsville.

Electrical Technicians are also required to complete the Field Power Generation System Course (Low Capacity) which is a two-week course at Army Logistics Training Centre Bandiana.

Reserve Unit Locations

  • HMAS Harman
    Canberra ACT 2600
  • Bullecourt Barracks
    Adamstown NSW 2289
  • Byron Barracks
    Lismore NSW 2480
  • Holsworthy Barracks
    Holsworthy NSW 2173
  • Lancer Barracks
    Parramatta NSW 2150
  • Romani Barracks
    Orange NSW 2800
  • Groote Eylandt Depot
    Groote NT 0885
  • Jabiru Depot
    Jabiru NT 0886
  • Larrakeyah Barracks
    Larrakeyah NT 0820
    Katherine NT 0852
    Alice Springs NT 0870
    Tennant Creek NT 0860
    Nhulunbuy NT 0880
  • NORFORCE , Broome Depot
    Cnr Tanami Drive and Mavis Rd Broome WA 6725
  • Greenbank Depot
    Greenbank QLD 4124
  • Gallipoli Barracks
    Enoggera QLD 4051
  • Lavarack Barracks
    Townsville QLD 4813
  • Elizabeth North Training Depot
    Smithfield SA 5114
  • Warradale Barracks
    Warradale SA 5046
  • Beersheba Barracks
    Wangaratta VIC 3677
  • Dandenong Depot
    Dandenong VIC 3175
  • Maygar Barracks
    Broadmeadows VIC 3047
  • Ranger Barracks
    Ballarat VIC 3350
  • Simpson Barracks
    Watsonia VIC 3087