As an Engineering Officer you will actively manage the maintenance of RNZAF aircraft and their mechanical, avionics and armament systems.
Other roles will have you applying your specialist technical training to research and development of aircraft and equipment modifications, planning tasks and schedules, budget and financial management, design of structural repairs, or monitoring engineering standards. As an officer, you’ll also be expected to undertake the full range of duties associated with military service. You’ll be responsible for the safety, airworthiness and availability of aircraft, and require flexibility as you will at times work across all of the different engineering disciplines. You’ll also be responsible for the safety and management of personnel and resources.
As a Staff Officer you will be responsible for technical administration associated with maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft platforms and sub-systems. In this role you will provide technical advice to squadron personnel and liaise with numerous equipment and aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Bell Augusta to name a few.
In the squadron environment you will be a Maintenance Flight Commander in charge of maintenance personnel. In this challenging role, you will be required to deploy from time to time with the aircraft to areas of operation, typically leading a small maintenance crew. Further to your squadron duties you will be responsible for ensuring all maintenance activities carried out to the highest standard and in accordance with airworthiness requirements.
The NZDF deploy aircraft throughout New Zealand and rest of the world, often operating in extreme environments. As an Engineering Officer you will be required to deploy with the aircraft to provide engineering advice to ensure the aircraft remains serviceable to complete the task. The role of Engineering Officer while on deployment is both challenging and exciting, as you will be responsible for the maintenance activities, which are often carried out in trying conditions and on some occasions you may be required to liaise with other foreign militaries to utilise whatever resources are available. While deployed you will be the flight commander in charge of the maintenance team, in this role you will be required to provide leadership, engineering advice and ensure that maintenance personnel have the required support to allow them to safely maintain aircraft.
On completion of IOTC you will be appointed to positions within the various engineering units and squadrons. During this period you will be introduced to the roles and requirements of an Engineering Officer. All Engineering Officers will attend the General Engineering Officer Training (GEOT) Course, this course is a 12 month full-time residential course undertaken at RNZAF Base Woodbourne. The GEOT course covers aspects of aircraft engineering and maintenance, including aerodynamics, principles of flight, aircraft structures, aircraft avionics systems and the fundamentals of airworthiness requirements. On completion of the GEOT course you will be posted to the various bases, units and squadrons. Engineering Officers may undertake post graduate training mainly in the United Kingdom, specialising in Thermodynamics & Propulsion, Aerospace Vehicle Design and MSc Avionics Design.
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 Recruit 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.
For those wishing to gain a BEng, a minimum of 18 credits in Calculus, 18 credits in Physics and 18 credits in English at level 3 is required.
A degree in Engineering, Science or Technology with Majors in Mechanical, Mechatronics, Electrical or Aeronautical Engineering.
You will be required to meet medical standards for general health, eyesight and hearing.
You must be medically fit for service.
First you will complete a 21 week Initial Officer Training Course at RNZAF Base Woodbourne (near Blenheim). This will commence in either January or July. Here you will find out if you have got What it takes to be in the Air Force, and will cover various subjects including:
After successful completion of your Initial Officer Training Course, to prepare you for your role as an RNZAF Engineering officer you will attend a course at Woodbourne designed to give you a wealth of knowledge on the technical aspects of aircraft systems. Topics covered range from aircraft materials, design and construction and aerodynamics to propulsion, fuel, hydraulics, weapons, instruments, navigation, radar, communications and electrical power distribution. It also covers Air Force technical administration and procedures, a visit to all our bases to view the engineering facilities, and an aircraft maintenance phase for lessons in jacking, towing, engine running and other day-to-day tasks for a flying or engineering squadron.
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.
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.
Woodbourne, near Blenheim.