Aeronautical Engineer



About the Job Air Force Aeronautical Engineers lead an engineering team to help create and deliver Australian Defence Force (ADF) capability by applying engineering principles to acquire, sustain, maintain, and manage technology. They work on state aircraft, infrastructure, weapons, ancillary technical equipment and related aviation ground combat support systems like RADAR, SONAR, IT and networks; and operate within a defined engineering management framework comprising relevant ADF regulations and procedural guidance. As an Aerospace Engineer in the Air Force you would be able to be employed in roles where you are responsible for regulation, design, project management, logistics support and technical maintenance, to ensure technology is safely, efficiently and effectively employed to generate the required ADF capability.

Additionally, as an Officer you are also responsible for the leadership, management, and welfare of technical and logistics personnel within the engineering environment. You will be posted and rotated around new roles approximately every 3 years to gain the depth and breadth of experience required to develop you as a competent engineering leader with increasing levels of responsibility along the way. There are three Aerospace Engineer specialisations that all have similar roles.

These are: Aeronautical (AERO)   - responsible for aircraft structures, propulsion and associated mechanical systems and ground support equipment Armament (ARMO)   - responsible for weapons, weapons systems and associated test equipment and bomb disposal; and Electronic/Electrical (ELECTR)   - responsible for airborne power generation and distribution, electronic/electrical control systems, instrument and navigation systems, automatic test equipment, communications, and RADAR and SONAR equipment, heavy ground radar, ground telecommunication equipment and computer networks. ELECTR Officers can further specialise into aircraft related systems or Ground telecommunications related systems. Roles of an Aerospace Engineering Officer After you complete Initial Officer Training you will undertake a Professional Development and Training (PD&T) year during which time you will rotate around different roles on a base every few months and undergo your Initial Employment Training.

After completing your PD&T year, your first or second posting will likely be Maintenance Engineering or Engineering Management. The roles of Aerospace Engineers (AERO, ARMO and ELECTR) include: Maintenance Engineering.  Your initial employment in the Air Force would usually be as the officer in charge of a team of technical personnel and facilities associated with day to day maintenance and equipment overhaul at either a maintenance unit, or flying squadron.

You will be one of up to half a dozen junior engineers under the guidance of the Senior Engineering Officer, responsible for contributing to the availability of airworthy aircraft or associated equipment by ens.

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27 Jan 2020


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