Army soldier - technician


Also known as:

  • Air force - general entrant
  • Air force technician/tradesperson
  • Navy sailor
  • Navy technician
  • Soldier

What they do

Army soldier - technicians undertake a range of technical and trade roles in the operation and support of the Royal Australian Army (RAA). They undertake a specific group of duties that depend on and relate to their role, and may include the maintenance and repair of army technology including combat vehicles or equipment, or the construction and maintenance of military infrastructure. They support the strategic operations and organisational structures of the army during both peacetime and conflict activities. They may travel across the country and internationally in support of the RAA military and general operations.

Specialisations include: Acoustic warfare analyst (navy), Air dispatcher (army), Air surveillance operator (air force), Aircraft life support fitter (air force), Aircraft life support fitter (army), Aircrewman (navy), Airfield defence guard (air force), Boatswains mate (navy), Combat engineer (army), Combat systems operator (navy), Combat systems operator mine warfare (navy), Commando (army), Crewman armoured personnel carrier M113 (army), Crewman Australian light armoured vehicle (ASLAV) (army), Crewman main battle tank (army), Electronic warfare - linguist (navy), Electronic warfare - technical (navy), Geospatial imagery intelligence analyst (air force), Ground crewman mission support (army), Gun number (army), Marine specialist (army), Naval police coxswain (navy), Operator artillery meteorology and surveyor (army), Operator electronic warfare (army), Operator ground based air defence (army), Operator weapon locating radar (army), Rifleman (army), Security police (air force), Signal operator linguist (air force), Signal operator technical (air force)

Working conditions

Army soldier – technicians work in a range of conditions depending on the type of role they specialise in. For example, army aircraft technicians and fitters work in workshops and aircraft hangers, telecommunications technicians work in both army bases and combat vehicles, while carpentry or electrical tradespeople may work indoors and outdoors, depending on the task being undertaken.

Tools and technologies

The tools and technologies used by army soldier - technicians vary greatly depending on their specialised role. Whilst fitter armaments use a range of mechanical maintenance tools and testing systems, carpenters on the other hand, use hand and power tools, while plumbers use tools specific to the fitting, building and maintenance of water and gaslines. All RAA personnel are required to wear uniforms.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become an army technician within the Australian Defence Force (ADF) you must pass the recruitment process, and complete Basic Training at the Army Recruit Training Centre.

Applicants must be an Australian citizen and at least 17 years old to enlist. You will undergo a series of written, physical, psychological and medical checks and interviews. You will also need to undergo a National Police History Check.

Successful applicants are required to complete 80 days of Basic Training at the Army Recruit Training Centre in Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

Once you have completed Basic Training you undertake Initial Employment Training where you will receive your technical training. The majority of technical and trade training is conducted at the Army Logistic Training Centre (ALTC), in Bandiana and Bonegilla, Victoria. You may also have the opportunity to undertake additional specialist training.

The technical training varies and will prepare for your specific role within the Army in areas such as aviation, electronics and telecommunications, or traditional trades. The length, location and related qualifications of this training depend on the role you will be moving into.

If you already hold an existing trade qualification, related to the area you wish to work in, you may become an army technician through the Qualified Entry pathway. However, specialised training may still be required.

You can join the Army through the ADF Gap Year program.  You must be between 17 and 24 years old, and have completed year 12 (or equivalent).

You can also join the Australian Defence Force on a part time basis within the Army Reserves.

Visit the Defence Force Recruiting Centre website for more information.