Electronic Technician summary. Archived from here for reference.
Electronic Technician Apprenticeship (Navy)
[Fix Period Of Service]
[Sub Specialist Option]
The Electronics Technician (ET) sailor is
responsible for the maintenance of all electronic, electrical,
hydraulic and mechanical systems associated with guns, missiles,
underwater weapons, radars, sonar, computers and communication
equipment in ships and shore bases.
An ET is a trained multi-skilled technician who works in a military
operational environment. In addition to the personnel management and
technical administrative aspects of their employment, ET's are
initially required to assist in the maintenance of combat systems and
communication equipment to develop core maintenance skills. As they
achieve competence through on-the-job experience, ET's are required to
undertake maintenance activities under limited supervision. With
additional training, experienced ET's may be employed as equipment
subject matter experts. As a combat system operator, some ETs are
required to man and operate weapons firing consoles.
Their employment requires ET's to be adept at operating, monitoring and
maintaining equipment in an environment where changing operational
needs often result in a re-assessment of priorities. As experienced
maintainers, ET's are required to monitor equipment performance to
identify trends, which have the potential to impact on the operational
capability of a ship, and initiate corrective action. As part of their
maintenance function, senior ET's are responsible for the engineering
development of their less experienced peers.
These sailors are trained in the maintenance and repair of the Navy's:
- navigation aids (gyro-compasses etc.),
- weapons systems,
- missile systems (computers),
- satellite navigation equipment,
- communications equipment,
- electronic warfare equipment,
- operation and maintenance of gun turrets and missile launchers;
- underwater weapons systems; and
- direction finding
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General Entry (Technical Trades) is the term used to
describe the technical jobs available to people entering the Navy as
Sailors (non-Officer entry) and for which trade training is provided.
Each Sailor job in the Navy is referred to as a category; for example,
Aviation Technician Aircraft is a category.
Technical Sailors perform a wide range of maintenance tasks on very sophisticated electronic and mechanical weapons systems.
General Entry (Technical Trades) Sailors graduate from recruit training
with the rank of Seaman and generally progress to Able Seaman after 12
months of productive service following completion of trade training.
Further promotion to Leading Seaman, Petty Officer, Chief Petty Officer
and Warrant Officer is based on performance, time in rank and
vacancies. There is considerable variation between categories. However,
as a guide, the following minimum times are spent in each rank:
Recruit to Seaman (Unqualified) -11 weeks (length of Military Training course)
Seaman (Unqualified) to Seaman - Length of Employment Training course
Seaman to Able Seaman - 12 months after completion
of employment training course
Able Seaman to Leading Seaman - minimum of 2 years
Leading Seaman to Petty Officer - minimum of 4 years
Petty Officer to Chief Petty Officer - minimum of 4 years
Chief Petty Officer to Warrant Officer - minimum of 4 years
Leading Seamen are referred to as Junior Non-Commissioned Officers and
are equivalent in rank to Corporals in the Army. Leading Seamen are the
first line of supervisors in the chain of command and as such have an
important role in the maintenance of good order and discipline among
their subordinates. They are expected to provide an important role
model for subordinates.
Petty Officers are members of the company of senior sailors and are
equivalent to the rank of Sergeant in the Army. Petty Officers perform
management and technical specialist duties within their category.
Chief Petty Officers are equivalent to the rank of Warrant Officer
Class Two in the Army and are required to demonstrate a well developed
capacity for self directed work and a high degree of applied
professional theoretical knowledge and well developed supervisory
Warrant Officer is the most senior Sailor rank and is equivalent to the
rank of Warrant Officer Class One in the Army. Warrant Officers are
required to posses superior leadership and professional qualities. They
may undertake planning, creative research and problem solving
activities. Their positions often involve a significant degree of
Irrespective of category, sailors' duties are just as important as
specialist duties. Therefore, whether on a shore establishment or in
ship, all sailors will perform such activities as:
Fire Fighting - containment and extinguishing of all electrical, chemical and other fires;
First Aid - knowledge and application of basic first-aid medical skills;
Duty Watch - member of the overnight security, fire fighting and emergency party;
Communal Duties - working in teams to help clean and maintain all work and living areas;
Damage Control - assisting with ship damage emergency repairs;
Replenishment at Sea - assisting with replenishment of ships at sea; and
Ship Husbandry - maintenance and upkeep of ships' surfaces, fittings and equipment.
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Applicants must be aged between 17 and 48 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 nine months of age,
depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.
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For General Entry Technical Sailor Categories, the
minimum educational standard to be eligible to apply for entry is the
completion of study at Year 10 level, which must include study of
English, Mathematics and Science.
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Citizenship requirements will be met, for Full-time and Part-time applicants, if any of the following apply:
You are an Australian citizen;
You are a permanent resident who can provide a DIMA receipt to
prove you have applied for Australian citizenship. (A permanent
resident is generally eligible to apply for citizenship after two
years. A permanent resident married to an Australian can apply
You are a permanent resident who is not eligible to apply for
Australian citizenship but are prepared to sign an undertaking to apply
after completing 90 days service in the ADF. (Permanent residents
become eligible to apply for citizenship on completion of 90 days
service in the ADF). Note that this option is not available to applicants for the Reserve.
A permanent resident who enters the ADF will have their service terminated if they subsequently:
fail to apply for citizenship when eligible to do so;
are not offered citizenship; or
fail to accept citizenship when it is offered.
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The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry.
A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and,
as required, interviews enables the Regional Security Office to make an
informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security
Current policy requires applicants for this particular avenue of entry
to have lived in Australia for the preceding 10 years, or have a
checkable background for this period. Applications for a waiver of this
requirement may be submitted by the ADF Recruiting Unit to the Regional
Security Manager at the discretion of the Senior Assessment and
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Medical and Physical Fitness Requirement
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.
For further details on medical and physical standards, click on
'Additional Information' on the toolbar at the top of this page and
refer to ''Medical Standards for Enlistment or Appointment into the ADF'.
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Aptitude testing is undertaken to assess your
ability to cope with the training and intellectual demands placed on
you whilst serving in the ADF. The standards are sound and realistic in
expectation, with psychology support staff explaining what is involved
with each test.
For further details click on 'Additional Information' on the toolbar at the top of this page and select 'ADF Selection Procedures'.
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Duration: 11 weeks
The Initial Training Faculty, at HMAS CERBERUS, is situated on Western
Port Bay, Victoria about 70 kilometres south east of Melbourne. The
school has its own administration building, accommodation blocks and
classrooms. The eleven-week Recruit Course is designed to give you
sufficient knowledge and skills on which to base your Navy career. The
course includes both classroom and practical activities. Most subjects
are individually tested. Examinations are set to ensure Recruits are
sufficiently prepared to undertake further specialist training at
category schools. Private study areas are available in the school and a
Duty Instructor is available for assistance during non-instructional
Recruits who successfully complete the course participate in a
Graduation Parade, which is normally held on the Friday of the last
week of training. Recruits will have the opportunity to invite family
and friends to view the parade.
After Graduation personnel will be posted to category schools at HMAS
CERBERUS or at other training establishments throughout Australia.
For more information on the daily routine at Recruit Training, the
physical training requirements, leave and the Navy Swimming Test, refer
to 'Joining Instructions Navy General Entry Military (Recruit)
Training' which can be found by clicking the 'Additional Information'
button at the top of this page.
During Military (Initial Recruit) Training and (Initial) Employment
Training, members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals,
accommodation and utilities, depending on a number of factors. For more
details, please refer to the 'Frequently Asked Questions' section (click on 'Additional Information' on the toolbar at the top of the window).
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Following completion of Military (Recruit) Training
the following initial training is provided to meet the requirement for
an Electronics Technician sailor who is capable of immediate employment
in a technical workshop or Navy ship after initial training:
- Electronics Initial Technical Training (for competency assessment at AQF3)
- Sea Survival & Ship Safety Category Training
- Specialisation Course
This training is conducted at HMAS CERBERUS, Westernport Victoria.
Electronics Technician Initial Technical Training is for about one
year. To provide the ET with the appropriate level of training, they
are provided with common and specialist training. Successful completion
of the Electronics Technician Apprenticeship will result in the
awarding of the 'Certificate III in Engineering - Electrical/Electronic
Trade'. This qualification meets the requirement of the appropriate
Manufacturing , Engineering and Related Services Industry Training and
Advisory Board (ITAB) Training Package and is a nationally recognised
The course comprises a mix of technical theory and practical
instruction in workshops and laboratories. Training will include the
- Digital Fundamentals;
- Microprocessor Communications;
- Control Systems.
- Occupational Health and safety;
- Explosives and Radiation Hazard safety;
- AC/DC Principles;
- Synchro Systems;
- Amplifiers; and
- Programmable Controllers;
Training in Naval subjects will cover Navy specialist aspects of employment and includes:
- Electronic damage control, safety precautions, stores organisation; and
- The overall organisation of the ships Weapons Electrical Engineering (WEE) Department.
After completion of Initial Technical Training, ET sailors will be
streamed into one of three specialisations for further training and
employment as follows:
- Combat Systems (including Fire Control, Radar and Sonar)
- Communications (including NAVAIDS)
It should be noted that the Combat Systems sailors are further streamed
into Fire Control or Sensors (including Radar and Sonar) streams on
completion of the first specialist Equipment Application Course.
As ET sailors progress upwards in their Naval careers, the progressive
training stages may attract the awards of National Qualifications of
Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma and an opportunity to
proceed into the officer ranks.
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Salary while undertaking Military (Recruit) Training: $885.60 per fortnight ($23,089 per year)*.
Salary while undertaking Employment Training: $1001.09 per fortnight ($26,100 per year)*.
Salary (excluding allowances) on completion of Employment Training: $33,462 per year ($1,283.46 per fortnight)*.
Uniform Maintenance Allowance at a rate of $419 per annum ($16.06 per
fortnight)* is paid to assist members to maintain an approved scale of
uniforms in good order and condition.
Service Allowance at the rate of $8781 per annum ($336.80 per
fortnight)* is paid to all members (except while undertaking Recruit
and Employment training) below the rank of Lieutenant Colonel or
equivalent. The allowance compensates a member for the unique
requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or
Each General Entry job in the Australian Defence Force is classified
into a pay group. This particular job is classified as a Pay Group 3
Salary will continue to increase based on rank and the number of years
of service completed in that rank. Pay Group may also increase
following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of
advanced courses. Refer to the Salary Scales shown under 'Additional Information' (click on button on the toolbar at top of page).
Note: Trainees with dependants may be entitled to Trainee's Dependant
Allowance which is paid to enable trainees with dependants to receive a
salary not less than $30,165 per annum ($1157 per fortnight) while
training. Conditions apply. Speak to the ADF Careers Adviser for
* Please note that these figures do not include compulsory deductions
for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); and
superannuation. For more details, please refer to the 'Frequently Asked Questions' section (click on 'Additional Information' on the toolbar at the top of the window), and 'Conditions of Service'.
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Fixed Period Of Service
The initial period of enlistment will be six years.
Although the circumstances may vary from case to case, an application
for discharge at own request prior to the completion of the initial
period of enlistment will not normally be approved.
Subsequent periods of service may be offered, subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service.
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Sub Specialist Option
Electronics Technicians can sub-specialise in the
Submarine category. While sub-specialisation is not available at the
time of enlistment an ET sailor may apply to transfer to the Submarine
Arm one year after completion of Initial Technical Training.
Submariners work in close proximity to each other and their superiors,
and personal privacy is only achieved when ashore. Submarine personnel
work long hours in cramped conditions and are constantly subjected to
emotional and physical pressures not found in surface ships.
Many a new recruit to the Submarine Arm of the Royal Australian Navy
believes that he has what it takes to become a good submariner.
However, until he has been tested and has experienced the arduous
conditions and life inside a submarine, he won't fully appreciate the
Today's Submariners are a different breed of sailor. They have met the
challenges, been tested to the limits of their endurance and abilities
and found to have what it takes to be members of a very demanding arm
of the Royal Australian Navy.
If you think you have what it takes, then you must be prepared for some
very demanding personal challenges throughout your training and
employment. If you come through these, you will be willingly accepted
into the Submarine Arm of the Royal Australian Navy and welcome to wear
'The Dolphins' (the submariner's badge of distinction).
Electronics Technician Submariners undergo submarine training in four parts. They are as follows:
Part 1 - Basic Training at HMAS STIRLING, including submarine escape training, expedition training and first aid.
Part 2 - Additional Category Training - submarine sub-specialist training conducted at HMAS STIRLING.
Part 3 - Submariner Task Book - dockside submarine training.
Part 4 - Submarine Task Book - posting to an operational Submarine to complete the 'at sea' tasks of the task book.
On completion of this task book, submariners sit a summary and qualification board to be awarded their ' Dolphins'.
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On completion of the associated Competency Log all
eligible personnel will receive a 'Certificate III in Engineering -
Electrical/Electronic Trade' which meets the requirement of the
Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Industry Training and
Advisory Board and is a nationally recognised qualification.
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every effort is made to ensure that the information on this page is
correct, the Department of Defence does not warrant or represent that
the information is free from errors or omissions, or that it is
exhaustive. The Department of Defence further does not warrant or
accept any liability in relation to the quality, operability or
accuracy of the information.
The availability of each job varies, for information on current vacancies telephone 13 1901.
This page is current: 29/7/2003