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Navy Technical Sailor

Minimum Age 17+ Australian Citizen Year 10 Preferred Subject Prerequisites Aptitude Tests Medical Exams Interview On The Job Training

Navy technical sailors are trained for peacetime and wartime work as electronic, marine and aviation specialists and in other technical areas.


  • enjoy technical work
  • Australian citizenship
  • at least 17 years of age
  • meet medical and aptitude requirements

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Outdoor Technical/Engineering


A Navy technical sailor may specialise as an/a:

Aviation Technician (Aircraft) - maintains, repairs and overhauls the Navy's aircraft and engine systems and components (other than electrical systems) both on land and on board Navy ships.

Aviation Technician (Avionics) - maintains and repairs electronic equipment fitted to the Navy's aircraft, such as radio and navigation equipment or anti-submarine warfare systems.

Electronics Technician - maintains all electronic and electrical systems on board Navy ships. They are responsible for the hydraulics associated with weapons systems and for the electronics associated with missiles, sonars and communications equipment.

Marine Technician - repairs and maintains a warship's propulsion machinery and ancillary equipment, as well as the hull and all its fittings.


Minimum Age 17+ Australian Citizen Year 10 Preferred Subject Prerequisites Aptitude Tests Medical Exams Interview On The Job Training

To become a Navy technical sailor you usually have to complete Year 10 or equivalent with passes in English, mathematics and science (preferably with physics content).

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

Following selection and employment with the Navy, you will need to undertake basic Navy training. This involves an 11-week recruit course at the Navy Recruit Training School located at HMAS Cerberus on Western Port Bay in Victoria.

This is followed by up to one and a half years of training, which varies according to the specialisation. Training is provided at either the RAAF School of Technical Training at Wagga Wagga in NSW or at HMAS Cerberus. Training is followed by a period of service in the Navy.


Recruitment into the Australian Defence Force is conducted on an Australia-wide basis all year round.

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