Government & Defence

Army Technician/Tradesperson

Army technicians / tradespeople work across a wide range of roles in the Australian Army including with aircraft, vehicles or electrics.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does an Army Technician/Tradesperson do?

Army technicians / tradespeople work across a wide range of roles in the Australian Army including with aircraft, vehicles or electrics.


Work activities

As an Army technician / tradesperson, you might:

  • operate and maintain a wide variety of military equipment and systems
  • complete theoretical and fieldwork training in weaponry and combat situations
  • train army personnel on systems or technologies
  • handle classified documents or equipment.

Key skills and interests

To become an Army technician, you would need:

  • self-discipline, confidence and initiative
  • good teamwork 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

Army technicians / tradespersons usually work a standard number of hours per week. On local or overseas deployments, hours will vary greatly.


Working conditions for Army technicians vary greatly, from working in an office to spending extended time in rough conditions in the field. As an Army technician you could be away from your family for long periods of time.

You could be posted to capital or regional cities throughout Australia, and may travel nationally or internationally. You would serve in a variety of units and roles throughout your career, and may also be required to fight in combat zones or provide peacekeeping and humanitarian services.


How to become an Army Technician/Tradesperson?

Entry Level Education

To become an Army technician / tradesperson you usually have to complete junior secondary or equivalent with passes in English, maths, a tertiary science subject (physics would be most appropriate) and one other subject.

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

All general entry recruits into the Australian Regular Army are required to complete the 80-day Recruit Course held near Wagga Wagga in NSW. During this course you would take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, first aid, drill and field craft. Completion of this course is followed by specialised training for particular jobs.

As different specialisations have different entry requirements, you should contact Defence Force Recruiting 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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