As an Electrician your main focus is to provide electrical support to the Army. You will find yourself working on a variety of tasks, from appliance repairs to wiring multi-storey buildings, in an even greater variety of locations.
This trade is only available to Regular Force Soldiers and is lead by Officers from the Corps of Royal New Zealand Engineers (RNZE).
Job on Camp
Initially you will be posted to the School of Military Engineering, Linton Military Camp. You will spend two years there learning basic engineering and electrical skills. You will then be posted to 25 Engineer Support Squadron, also at Linton, until you finish your trade training.
The primary role of an electrician once on Camp is to provide, sustain and support engineering to the various facilities around New Zealand. Most RNZE Electricians are based at Linton Camp, but there are also opportunities to work in Waiouru and Burnham.
Job on Deployment
While on deployment, Electricians will use their skills working alongside other NZ Army trades constructing and maintaining camp facilities wherever the Army is deployed. RNZE personnel can be found in small contingents around the globe. Places they have previously been deployed include Antarctica, Mozambique, USA, Australia, East Timor, South Pacific Islands, Bosnia and Iraq.
As an electrician in the NZ Army you will have the opportunity to achieve your National Certificate in Electrical Engineering. From here as your career progresses you will then get the opportunity to attain your Diploma in Construction Management.
Careers in the Army 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 Private and your pay will continue to increase as your career progresses.
- You must be at least 17 years of age
- Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain CV security clearance for this trade
You must have achieved NCEA level 1.
- You must be medically fit for service.
- Colour perception restrictions may apply.
Once you have completed training you will be required to give a two year return of service to the NZ Army.
Upon successful enlistment into the Army you will be posted to Waiouru Army base. Here you will do 16 weeks of basic military training to find out if you have what it takes to be in the Army, and learn various subjects including:
- Organisation and Administration
- Army Customs and Protocol
- Drill and Parades
- Military Field Skills and Weapon Training
- First Aid
- Physical Fitness
Basic Combat Engineer Course
An eight-week course conducted at the School of Military Engineering (SME), Linton Military Camp. This course introduces soldiers to the combat side of being an engineer before undertaking their specific trade.
The course covers the basics of field engineering including bridging, water supply, explosives, field defences, obstacles, booby traps, boating and other subjects.
After the course you will have a good understanding of field engineering and also be qualified as an Army (explosives) Demolition Handler. You will then commence apprenticeship training at SME.
Level Two National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (NCEE)
An eight-week course conducted at WelTech in Wellington. It introduces you to the fundamentals of the electrical trade. You will stay at Trentham Military Camp, Wellington, while you attend the course.
The apprenticeship will be carried out at your home unit, with all theoretical trade training assessed at WelTech throughout your apprenticeship until you qualify on the Level Four NCEE.
Once you have completed and passed all these requirements, you will be eligible for electrical registration. This training takes four years.
Initially you'll be posted to the School of Military Engineering, Linton Military Camp. You will spend two years there learning basic engineering and electrical skills. You will then be posted to 25 Engineer Support Squadron, also at Linton, until you finish your trade training. There are also opportunities to work in Waiouru and Burnham.