ADF Gap Year Combat Engineer
The Combat Engineer is a soldier who is a specialist in military field engineering. The Combat Engineer belongs to the Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) Corps. RAE soldiers are known as 'Sappers' and are responsible for assisting our own forces to move whilst also denying mobility to the enemy.
Sappers are trained in a broad range of tasks including bridge-building, clearing minefields, demolitions, field defences as well as building, road and airfield construction and repair. A Sapper, trained as a Combat Engineer, is a combat soldier with a wide range of trade and technical skills. Combat Engineers can wield a chainsaw, build a bridge, clear a minefield, build a road or airfield and use explosives to demolish a target.
Main Job Functions: Assists in construction of temporary roads, bypasses and fords Digs drains and constructs culverts Erects bridges using both equipment and non-equipment components Constructs and operates rafts and ferries Constructs field defences and wire obstacles Lays, arms, neutralises, disarms and removes mines and booby traps Conducts demolition tasks Constructs and operates field machines Operates boats Produces potable water using water purification equipment Maintain maps, logbooks, messages and information in an operational environment Operate the Battlefield Management System and General soldiering duties, such as manning defensive positions, patrolling, navigation, traffic control, camouflaging of vehicles and field equipment.