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.
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 (ADF) you must pass the recruitment process and complete recruit training at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School.
Applicants must be an Australian citizen (although permanent residents may be considered under certain circumstances), passed Year 10 English and Mathematics and be aged at least 16 years and six months to apply. You will undergo a series of written, aptitude, physical, psychological and medical checks and interviews. You will also need to undergo a National Police Check.
Successful applicants are required to complete 11 weeks of recruit training at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus in Crib Point, Victoria.
Once you have graduated from Recruit School you will then progress to Initial Employment Training 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 you 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 also join the ADF on a part time basis within the Navy Reserves.