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Army Soldier - Technician

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Summary of occupation

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.

ANZSCO description: Army soldier - technicians undertake a range of technical and trade roles in the operation and support of the Royal Australian Army (RAA).
Alternative names: Army - Technical and Trade Worker
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

An army soldier needs:

  • Australian citizenship
  • over the age of 17
  • a passion for protecting and defending Australia and its allies
  • good health and level of fitness
  • technical and practical skills
  • to enjoy the lifestyle associated with the armed forces
  • the ability to follow orders
  • a willingness to live and work anywhere in Australia or overseas.
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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.

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Salary details

Trainee army technician recruits undergoing basic training can expect to earn at least $676 per week ($35 151 per year), while recruits undertaking initial employment training can expect to earn between $773 and $869 per week ($40 173 and $45 194 per year). Once their training period ends, an army technician can expect to earn at least between $906 and $1 101 per week ($47 087 and $57 249 per year) depending on their duties, rank, role and level of experience.

As an army technician gains experience and progresses through the ranks their pay rate increases. Salary may also vary based on your deployment location and conditions.

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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.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

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.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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