Take a sneak peek into what life is like as a tradie in the Navy.
The Navy taught me everything I needed to know to be an Aviation Systems Technician. - Jayne
About the Job
Be a tradie in the Navy maintaining the systems and components that turn an ordinary aircraft into a military helicopter.
Whether you already have a trade, you're an apprentice, or you have no experience at all, you'll be paid from day one. You'll gain all the skills needed with extensive on-the-job trade training. You may also be able to use your existing qualifications and be eligible for recognition of prior learning.
As an Aviation Systems Technician, (known in the Navy as Aviation Technician (Avionics)), for maintaining, diagnosing and repairing military helicopter systems and components to ensure they continue to operate safely and efficiently, onboard ships and ashore. You'll primarily work with Seahawk Romeo helicopters, however, during your career you may also work with aircraft belonging to the Army.
Your duties include, but aren’t limited to maintaining:
- Anti-submarine systems
- Aircraft weapons and armament
- Flight director systems
- Navigational systems
- Air weapon systems
- Flight instruments
- Ground support equipment
- Radar, sonar and doppler systems
- Automatic flight control systems
- Communication systems
- Environmental systems
- Aviation safety and survival equipment
As a sailor, you'll perform additional duties and learn more skills to become highly trained and efficient in supporting the whole ship. This may include ship security, firefighting, boarding party, flood repair, line handling, first aid, flight deck duties, replenishment at sea, medical emergency team member, ammunitioning or ceremonial duties.
You’ll enjoy a very competitive salary package, career stability, opportunities for continuous progression, and an adventurous lifestyle, all while making a difference to Australia.
To succeed with the Navy tomorrow, apply today.
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Join the ADF and receive full trade training
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.
On completion of the associated Competency Log (completed at the Nowra squadrons) all eligible personnel will receive a Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics) which is a nationally recognised qualification.
Personnel are required to have completed four years from commencement of Employment training to be eligible.
Salary & Allowances
In the Navy 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.
Recognition of Prior Learning
The Recognition of Prior Learning/Recognition of Current Competencies process will be completed prior to a Letter of Offer (LOO) being sent. The LOO will detail any competency gap training required to be a qualified Aviation Technicians. This gap training will be undertaken as part of your initial trade training.
Applicants must be at least 17 years of age and able to complete the Initial Minimum Period of Service before reaching Compulsory Retirement Age (60).
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
For the Aviation Systems Technician Sailor Category, the minimum educational standard to be eligible to apply for entry is the completion of study at Year 10 level, with passes in English, Mathematics and Science.
Note: Consumer Maths, Maths in Society and similarly 'modified' maths are not suitable for this job.
Entry to this trade is also open to qualified or partially qualified applicants.
Suitable trade qualifications include:
- Certificate II in Aeroskills
- Certificate III in Mechatronics
- Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical) or similar
- Diploma of Aeroskills (Mechanical)
- Advanced Diploma of Aviation Maintenance Management (Mechanical)
- Variety of CASR Endorsed Licences
You should present your trade paperwork at the recruiting interview to ensure the Recognition of Prior Learning/Recognition of Current Competencies process can commence prior to entry. Due to the unique nature of naval aviation maintenance in the maritime environment most qualified applicants will require additional training to gain specific Units of Competency (UOC) required for this trade. Applicants should also be prepared to provide any trade journal work history to provide evidence of industry experience.
Also refer to Recognition of Prior Learning for further details.
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 will also be required to pass a physical fitness test before appointment.
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.
You will be required to pass a Pre-entry Fitness Assessment (PFA) before enlistment. The PFA requires you to complete a specified number of sit-ups and a timed cardio component. Fitness standards differ for selected age groups. Please refer to the Navy - Health and Fitness page for further details.
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 completion of each component:
- 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 in overalls
All personnel will undertake the RANST upon entry and competency is to be achieved before the end of your initial military training.
Period of Service
You will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of six 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 Coach can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.
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.
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.
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:
- Financial information
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.
Duration: 9 weeks
Location: Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria
All sailors who join the Navy will conduct their initial sailor training at the RAN Recruit School prior to commencing specific category training. The NESC course is designed to prepare you to conduct basic duties as a sailor. Some of the key components of the NESC course are:
- Physical fitness: General fitness and the Navy swim test
- Military life: General service knowledge, including drill and ceremonial procedures
- Specialty skills: Weapons training, workplace safety, first aid and sailing
- Navy skills: Seamanship, corrosion control, survival at sea and fire and flood control,
- A one week sea familiarisation period
Recruits, who successfully complete all components of the course will participate in a Graduation Parade to mark the occasion. Recruits will have the opportunity to invite family and friends to view the parade.
On completion of NESC course, all sailors will proceed on to their respective employment training specific to their category. For further information, please see the RAN Recruit School joining instructions Navy recruit school website.
Location: RAAF Base Wagga Wagga, NSW
Duration: 60 Weeks
Following completion of Military (Recruit) you will complete a five week maths course prior to commencement of Avionics Technician training.
The Aviation Systems Technician training component of the apprenticeship is conducted at the Royal Australian Air Force's Technical Training Facility (RAAF Base Wagga Wagga, NSW) and consists of theory and practical instruction in workshops and laboratories.
The course content has been designed to meet the Navy requirements for an Aviation Systems Technician, who can commence aircraft equipment application courses for employment in an operational squadron at the Navy Air Station at HMAS Albatross (Nowra, NSW).
Naval training fully embraces the National Aerospace curriculum and includes some Navy specific modules where appropriate.
Your training will consist of:
- Completion of Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics)
Graduating students will have received academic training encompassing:
- The full range of competencies to obtain a Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics)
- A number of competencies from avionics workshop stream and
- A number of competencies from the mechanical stream as cross trade training