Field Engineers provide the New Zealand Army with vital combat engineering support. As a Field Engineer in the Army Reserve you will be trained in a variety of different specialist skills including explosive demolition, bridge construction, mine clearance, small boat handling and obstacle breaching.
Although Field Engineer is the only engineer trade that is offered in the Reserves, we are very interested in people with civilian qualifications within the other trade areas such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters or plant (earth moving equipment) operators.
Soldiers with qualifications in these areas will predominately train as a field engineer, but may have the opportunity to conduct some transition training so their highly valuable skills can be utilised in a military environment.
As an Army Reserve Soldier, the minimum remuneration you will be paid from day one is a daily rate of $105.39.
Your remuneration will increase upon graduation of your recruit course to a daily rate of $119.41 and will continue to increase on promotion and seniority,
You must be medically fit for service.
Initial training consists of three modules which equate to approximately 7 weeks of training. Mod 1 and 2 are normally conducted in November and Mod 3 in Early January. It is preferable that you are able to complete these modules back to back.
Please note that this course structure is currently under review and may change.
The purpose of Mod 1 is to familiarise recruits with the Army prior to them attending the Recruit Territorial Force All Corps Basic Mod 2.
This is a two day introduction to life in the Army. During this period you will be introduced to drill, Military Law, and the Ethos and Values on the NZ Army. You will also be taught how to live in a military environment and the standards that are required of you over the next two modules. Mod 1 and 2 are conducted annually in mid-November
The aim of this course is to produce a soldier capable of a fulfilling an appointment within an infantry section. The Mod 2 is a 28 day course conducted immediately after the Mod 1.
During the Mod 2 you will be introduced to:
Mod 3 is conducted in early January and is a continuation module building on skills you have learnt, and providing you with further skills to enable you to be a section member within a rifle section.
This is a further 21 days of solid training, and at the completion of this module you will be ready for service and employment within your Reserve Unit.
During your final period of initial training you will:
Over the course of the three modules of training you will cover the majority of the activities that are conducted on the Regular Force All Arms Recruit Course. However, you will only be given an introduction and will continue to develop your skills within your home unit.
As a Field Engineer, you need to complete a Basic Combat Engineer Corps Training. During this course you will be introduced to the role, equipment, procedures, and drills involved in becoming a field engineer.
You will cover; combat bridge construction, boating, explosives handling and employment, search, mine clearance and battle hardening of military infrastructure. This course will provide you with the necessary skills to be employed within a field engineer section, where you will continue to build on your training and further develop your skills in your chosen trade.
Field Engineers are recruited from the Auckland, Manawatu, Wellington and Christchurch areas.