Aerospace Engineer Officer
The primary role of an Aerospace Engineer Officer (known as an Aerospace Engineer) in the Navy is to manage the maintenance and airworthiness of the Navy's helicopters. This position provides the opportunity to develop expertise in helicopter structures, material, engine and aerodynamics, helicopter electrical systems, communication systems, navigation systems, weapons systems and software.
A defining role will be as a maintenance manager and technical expert at one of the Navy's Fleet Air Arm helicopters squadrons, or in the Aviation Engineering Department on one of the Navy's amphibious assault ships.
As a maintenance manager at a Fleet Air Arm squadron, you will be responsible for maintaining the airworthiness of the Navy's helicopters. This will involve leading and managing a team of highly trained aviation technicians to enable the highest availability of helicopters for Navy. Key aspects of your responsibilities will be planning helicopter maintenance, managing resources to rectify unserviceable aircraft and assuming responsibility for one or more of the technical aviation departments, such as the maintenance, logistics, training, safety or quality departments.
As an engineer on one of the Navy's Canberra-class amphibious assault ships, you will be responsible for managing the ship's aviation engineering department. In this exciting and dynamic position you will be responsible for the maintenance of the ship's aviation facilities and for providing support to both Australian Defence Force and international helicopters and aviation personnel when they embark onboard the ship.
Navy Engineers not only get to lead specialised technical teams and work on advanced maritime platforms and systems, but they have the opportunity to continue their professional learning right throughout their career. The professional development you gain as a Navy Engineer enables automatic Chartered Engineer (CPEng) accreditation with Engineers Australia, giving you international recognition of your engineering competency.
Navy Aerospace Engineer Officers also have the opportunity to experience many different aspects of engineering. Examples of other roles in which Aerospace Engineer Officers are employed include:
Engineering management, performing minor design work, certification, fleet management, logistics management and contract management
Policy and regulation development
Project management for the acquisition of new aircraft and equipment
Auditing maintenance standards
Trialing and testing aircraft design changes and new aircraft
Instructing and managing aviation training
Limited opportunities are also available for specialist roles in safety investigation, flight test engineering and aircraft structural integrity management.
In addition to their normal duties, all Navy Officers will be designated as Divisional Officers throughout their career. This involves the leadership, management, administration and career advice to junior personnel within their Division.