Your role as a CIS Officer will see you designing, deploying and managing Communication and Information Systems using sophisticated technology and equipment.
You’ll be expected to exercise leadership and command over highly motivated and skilled CIS personnel at home and also when engaged in New Zealand Defence Force and multi-national coalition duties all over the world. When you’re more experienced, you may be employed to fill specialist positions on either the Joint Force or Defence Headquarters staff.
Careers in the Air Force are well-rewarded, as well as being diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, you will see your salary rise accordingly.
While undertaking initial Officer training Course you will be paid as a Recruit (see attached pay table). On completion of your Recruit Course you will be paid as a Pilot Officer and your pay will continue to increase as your career progresses.
You need a minimum of a Level 6 Diploma in Electronics and Computer Technology or Telecommunications. To be more competitive a Bachelor of Info Science or BBS/BSC majoring in Computer Science, Info Systems, Info Technology, Computer System Engineering, Internet Systems or Software Engineering.
First you’ll complete a 21 week Initial Officer Training Course at RNZAF Base Woodbourne (near Blenheim). This will commence in either January or July. Here you’ll be given training to prepare you for life in the Air Force, and will cover various subjects including:
After successful completion of your Initial Officer Training Course, and throughout your career as CIS officer you will undergo further training and professional development in military specific and commercial CIS technologies. This training will encompass project management courses and other industry level courses that will allow you to build a career as a respected CIS professional.
As well as the courses listed above, at some stage during your career you will be required to complete a Flight Commanders Course. This course lasts two weeks at RNZAF Base Woodbourne and continues your training in command, leadership and management.
To become a Flight Commander, all officers are required to complete further courses covering service writing, staff skills and professional military education before being eligible for promotion beyond Flight Lieutenant.
There are also two advanced training courses at the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College at Trentham Military Camp (Wellington).
Both courses comprise a mixture of visiting lecturers, tutored discussion groups, visits and individual study to give you the skills you need to progress your career.
Woodbourne near Blenheim.