As a Maintenance Fitter, you are responsible for maintaining and repairing the diverse range of mechanical and electrical equipment used by the New Zealand Army. From forklifts to NZLAVs to chainsaws, the variety and complexity of equipment you will be called upon to service is staggering.
Job on Camp
Maintenance Fitter is a workshop trade and as such, during your apprenticeship you will be trained in the safe use of all of the tools you would find in New Zealand Army workshops.
From welders to lathes and all the hand tools you would expect. You will also learn how to diagnose faults and repair the vast array of equipment used by the New Zealand Army.
Job on Deployment
Maintenance Fitters are employed on a variety of overseas exercises and deployments in support of operational units and activities. Maintenance Fitters have recently been deployed in Afghanistan & East Timor working within the Workshop within the main deployment base.
As your career progresses, you will continue to develop your skills, both at the Army's Trade Training School and at your place of work (the Royal New Zealand Army Logistics regiment [RNZALR]).
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
- Driver's Licence: A Class 1 restricted driver's licence is recommended, but is not compulsory
You must have achieved NCEA level 1 with a minimum of 12 credits in level 1 Science.
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
Trade Training School (TTS), Trentham, Wellington
Initial trade training is conducted at TTS, where you will be introduced to the Royal NZ Army Logistic Regiment. This course provides you with an insight into the Logistic Regiment and the part that you will play in the Army. The course duration is two weeks.
Basic Maintenance Fitters Course
This four-month course is designed to give you basic knowledge and skills. Subjects include hand tools, arc/gas welding and lathe work. You will also
complete technical drawing by correspondence.
Junior Maintenance Fitters Course
This three-month course introduces you to the vast array of military equipment and applies all the knowledge and skills that you have learnt. Once qualified, you will be posted to a workshop in Waiouru, Linton or Burnham and begin your apprenticeship training.
Senior Maintenance Fitter Specialist Welding Course (SMFSW)
This eight week course introduces you to various welding techniques and aims towards a certification in 4711 and AS 1165.
Senior Maintenance Fitter Specialist Equipment Course
This seven week course introduces you to specialist operational equipment, which includes boats, shower units, water purification, bridging and fuel dispensing units.
You will be posted to Trentham Military Camp for 18 months while you complete your initial trade training. After your 18 months of training, you will then be based at one of the Army's workshops, located at Waiouru, Linton or Burnham Camps where you will continue 'on-the-job training' and return to TTS for various trade courses until your apprenticeship is completed.
Primarily you will work within one of the Army's workshops providing maintenance support,with opportunities to work alongside other units.