Government & Defence

Air Force Technician/Tradesperson

Air Force technicians and tradespersons undertake a range of vocations in the Air Force, including plumbing, mechanics and electrical work.

  • Entry-level education

    Senior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does an Air Force Technician/Tradesperson do?

Air Force technicians and tradespersons undertake a range of vocations in the Air Force, including plumbing, mechanics and electrical work.


Work activities

As an Air Force technician or tradesperson, you would:

  • operate and maintain of a wide variety of military equipment
  • complete theoretical and fieldwork training in weaponry and combat situations
  • undertake duties as pertaining to your trade that maintain aircraft, air bases and personnel
  • train aircraft personnel on systems or technologies
  • handle classified documents or equipment.

Key skills and interests

To become an Air Force technician/tradesperson, you would need:

  • self-discipline, confidence and initiative
  • good teamworking skills
  • the ability to think and react quickly in rapidly changing situations
  • good communication skills
  • good physical fitness
  • a willingness to be involved in combat.

You will need to meet aptitude and medical requirements, be willing to serve anywhere in Australia or overseas, be between 17 and 55 years of age on entry, and be an Australian citizen.


Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Your hours will depend on your role. In some jobs you’ll work 9am to 5pm over a five-day week, although you may need to be on-call at all times. For other roles you would work shifts, weekends, and public holidays. If you were involved in operations or on deployment, your working hours will be longer and more irregular.


Working conditions for Air Force technicians and tradepersons vary greatly, from working on an air force base to spending extended time in the field. You must be prepared to move anywhere within Australia and overseas, and could be away from your family for long periods of time.


How to become an Air Force Technician/Tradesperson?

Entry Level Education

To become an Air Force technician or tradesperson, you will have to complete senior secondary school or equivalent with passes in English, maths and science. Some roles may require you already to have a relevant trade or technical qualification.

You will also need to successfully complete a series of aptitude tests, medical assessments and selection interviews.

All Air Force general entrants are required to complete the 13-week Royal Australian Air Force recruit course at RAAF Base Wagga in Wagga Wagga, NSW. During this course you would take part in physical training, learn military law, weaponry, airfield defense, fire fighting and parade drills. Completion of this course is followed by specialised training for particular jobs.

As different specialisations have different entry requirements, you should contact your nearest Defence Force Recruiting Centre for specific requirements.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

The total number of active-duty and reserve personnel serving in the Australian Armed Forces is currently expected to remain roughly the same.

The Australian Defence Force recruits throughout the year.


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