About the Job

Electricians serve in the Royal Australian Engineer Corps in both Construction Squadrons and Combat Engineer Regiments. Electricians are responsible for performing advanced electrical and general building tasks associated with the construction, repair and maintenance of vertical and horizontal structures and the provision of engineering services including field power generation and reticulation.

Electricians are required to perform the following duties:

  • Apply electrical trade skills
  • Check stores, materials and equipment
  • Conform to Quality Assurance (QA) requirements
  • Assist in site preparation
  • Interpret Government sponsored building standards, codes and regulations
  • Interpret technical literature and data from various sources
  • Assist in planning for building tasks
  • Assist in the maintenance of workplace health and safety
  • Maintain tools and equipment
  • Assist with the preparation of bills of materials
  • Conduct site inspections for minor construction tasks
  • Provide advice to, and liaise with project personnel on matters relating to electrical and construction requirements
  • Order and purchase project stores
  • Assist in site set-out
  • Provide workplace training for non-skilled labourers
  • Provide detailed site sketches
  • Interpret plans, specifications and drawings
  • Assist in the compilation of specifications, scope of works and cost estimates
  • Comply with simple procurement procedures
  • Assist in the performance of combat engineering tasks
  • Deploy to the field
  • Perform administrative duties commensurate with rank
  • Provide electrical/construction support during Exercises/Operations
  • Perform military duties

Key Information

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.

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Reserve RAE units can be found in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney ( 21 Construction Regiment ), Newcastle, Brisbane, Mt Isa, Townsville and Youngtown. These include Combat Engineer regiments and squadrons, and Construction regiments and squadrons.



Applicants must be aged between 17 and 60 years of age inclusive on entry.

Applicants will not normally 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 9 education (or equivalent) with passes in English and Mathematics together with the completion 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

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


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 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.


Military Training

All General Entry recruits into the Australian Army Reserve are required to complete the Recruit Course.

Duration: 35 days continuous

Location: Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Recruit training is the same for male and female entrants. During the Reserve Recruit Training Course you will be required to take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, drill, first aid, navigation 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 information on the content of Recruit Training refer to the Joining Instructions.

Further information is also available at the Army Recruit Training Centre website.

Note: You must be aware that you must commence recruit training within 6 months of enlistment.

Employment Training

Training comprises three modules of 15 days each and one All Corps Soldier Training Module of 12 days duration:

Mod (1): This module can be conducted in RAE Units with training run either continuously or non continuously. Module 1 comprises of the following Combat Engineer Skills:

  • RAE Corps history, organisation, roles and tasks
  • Operation and maintenance of a range of hand and power tools
  • Carry out construction tasks using expedient methods and materials
  • Assist in the construction of obstacles
  • Assist in the construction of basic field defences
  • Understand construction plant equipment, capabilities and safety
  • Assist in the setup, operation and maintenance of water supply equipment, pumps and water testing equipment
  • Operate small powered watercraft and construct improvised watercraft applicable to RAE.

Mod (2): This module is conducted at the School of Military Engineering in Moorebank Sydney NSW. Module 2 comprises the following Combat Engineer Skills:

  • Carry out mine laying and clearance tasks
  • Undertake battlefield area clearances
  • Use a range of explosives and accessories to carry out demolition tasks
  • Assemble, maintain and strip a section level dry gap military bridging
  • Conduct Engineer search tasks.

Mod (3): This Module is conducted at the School of Military Engineering in Moorebank Sydney NSW. Module 3 comprises of the following Combat Engineer Skills:

  • Fell, cut and trim selected trees
  • Operate a Mobile Dimensional Saw to mill timber as specified
  • Operate Powder Actuated Tools
  • Set up, operate and maintain larger capacity water supply equipment including a Reverse Osmosis machine;
  • Set, operate and maintain watercraft designed to support RAE wet gap crossing operations
  • Set up, construct, operate and maintain large scale military bridges and rafts.

Mod (4): This Module conducted at the School of Military Engineering in Moorebank Sydney NSW. Module 4 comprises of the All Corps Soldier Training Skills:

  • Employ defensive measures as a member of a section in defence
  • Act as a member of a Section on patrol
  • Employ individual NBCD protective measures
  • Identify and indicate targets using fire control orders
  • Navigate across country by day and night using a range of navigational aids
  • Operate selected night vision equipment
  • Operate selected service weapons in a simulated and on live fire ranges
  • Comply with the conventions of armed conflict.

Reserve Unit Locations

  • Newborough Depot
    Newborough VIC 3825
  • Lone Pine Barracks
    Singleton NSW 2330
  • Warradale Barracks
    Warradale SA 5046