As a Safety & Surface Technician, you’ll be a member of the ground crew, jointly responsible for all aspects of maintenance required to support RNZAF aircraft operations at home base, or deployed within New Zealand and overseas.
Safety & Surface Technicians are involved in several separate areas: they service, maintain and repair the RNZAF’s aeronautical fabric components, safety and survival equipment, all NZDF personnel and cargo parachute assemblies and associated equipment; they apply, maintain and repair the painted surfaces and markings of its aircraft and components. You will have the opportunity to work in all of these roles as your career progresses.
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 an Aircraftsman and your pay will continue to increase as your career progresses.
You must have a minimum of 12 NCEA Level 1 credits in English, Mathematics and Science or Design Technology. Level 2 Maths, English, Physics preferred.
Upon successful enlistment into the Air Force you will be posted to RNZAF Base Woodbourne (near Blenheim) for your Recruit Course. Here you will do 12 weeks of basic military training to find out if you’ve got what it takes to be in the Air Force, and learn various subjects including:
After your Recruit Course you will complete a full-time 17 week Aeronautical Engineering Fundamentals Course. This course covers:
This course is a requirement for all technical trades within the RNZAF and sets you up well for your career as an aviation technician.
On completion of the Aeronautical Engineering Course you will begin primary trade training on the 30-week full-time residential course at Woodbourne. This course will provide you with the basic skills to become a Safety and Surface Mechanic manufacturing and maintaining fabric equipment, maintaining parachutes and aeronautical safety and survival equipment .
The advanced trade training for S&S Mechanics is a 15-week full-time residential course focusing on aircraft painting and its associated skills. On successful completion of this course you become a fully qualified Safety and Surface Technician and you can expect to work within the full range of Safety and Surface Trade specialisations throughout your career.
Further formal courses, on-the-job-training and exposure to world class conferences and exercises will keep you at the forefront of your chosen career.