How to become an Army Trades

Army Trades undertake a wide range of tasks for the Australian Army, including the construction, maintenance and repair of Army equipment in Australia and overseas.

Personal requirements for an Army Trades

  • At least Year 10 completion with passes in English and Maths
  • Sufficient general fitness to pass a pre-entry fitness assessment
  • Some roles require a valid probationary license or higher
  • At least 17 years of age
  • Australian citizenship

Education & Training for an Army Trades

To work within Army Trades you have to complete Year 10 or equivalent with passes in English, mathematics, science (with physics content preferred) and one other subject. As a part of the application process, you will need to attend a YOU Session, Assessment Day and pass your pre-entry fitness assessment. Following selection for employment with the Army, you will need to undertake specific Army training. This involves new recruit training at Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga, NSW. This is followed by specialised training for your chosen role. This training varies according to your chosen speciality, lasting up to two years, followed by a maximum of two years of on-the-job training in Army units or with civilian organisations. Training is followed by a period of service in the Army. Training is provided at either the RAAF School of Technical Training at Wagga Wagga in NSW, or the Army Logistic Training Centre at Bonegilla in Victoria.


Duties & Tasks of an Army Trades

Army Trades can specialise as:

  • Aircraft Technicians – responsible for inspecting, testing, repairing, rebuilding, refurbishing, modifying and recovering Army aircraft airframes, engines and equipment.
  • Avionics Technicians – work with the latest tools and equipment in modern workshops and hangars, maintaining the circuity and systems that control helicopters and the unmanned aerial vehicles used for battlefield surveillance.
  • Electronic Systems Technicians – inspect, maintain and repair the electronic and communication equipment that supports combat capability.
  • Fitter Armaments – inspect, repair, modify and recondition military armaments, watercraft and small engines, and perform general engineering tasks.
  • Vehicle Mechanics – repair and maintain modern, military-grade machinery.

Working conditions for an Army Trades

Army Trades work in tight-knit teams across Army Units and workshops across Australia and overseas.


Employment Opportunities for an Army Trades

Recruitment to the Australian Defence Force is conducted on an Australia-wide basis all year round.


Specializations

Army Trades

Army Trades undertake a wide range of tasks for the Australian Army, including the construction, maintenance and repair of Army equipment in Australia and overseas.

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