Also known as:
- Air force - general entrant
- Air force technician/tradesperson
- Army soldier - technician
- Navy sailor
What they do
Navy technicians undertake a range of technical and trade roles in the operation and support of the Royal Australian Navy. They undertake a specific group of duties that relate to their specific role. These may include the maintenance and repair of naval air or water craft, or the operation of the electronic, electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems and machinery on board naval vehicles. They support the strategic operations and organisational structures of the navy during both peacetime and combat activities, and may travel across the country and internationally in support of the Royal Australian Navy's general and military 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)
Navy technicians work in a wide range of environments depending on their specific role within the organisation. All of the various technicians employed in the Navy work on board marine vessels undertaking technical duties that may be dirty and dangerous. Navy technicians may be required to spend long periods at sea, in all weather conditions, which may include stormy weather and rough seas.
Tools and technologies
The tools and technologies used by Navy technicians vary greatly depending on their specialised role. Whilst aviation and marine technicians use hand and power tools to maintain and repair the mechanical systems of Navy aircraft and water vessels, avionics and electrical technicians on the other hand use more specific electronic and electrical testing equipment to ensure the premium operation of electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems. All Navy personnel are required to wear uniforms.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a navy technician within the Australian Defence Force you must pass the recruitment process and complete Basic Training at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School.
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 11 weeks of Basic Training at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus, in Westernport, Victoria.
Once you have completed Basic Training you will then progress to a Category School where you will receive your technical training. You may also have the opportunity to undertake additional specialist training.
The technical training varies and will prepare for your specific role within the Navy, in areas such as aviation, surface fleet and submariner trades, 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 trade you wish to work in, you may become a navy technician through the Qualified Entry pathway. However, specialised training may still be required.
You can join the Navy 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 Navy Reserves.
Visit the Defence Force Recruiting Centre website for more information.