As a Systems Engineer your role is to provide technical engineering support to the NZ Army’s Communication Information Systems fleet.
- SpecialisationIntelligence, IT and Communications
- Starting Salary$51,177
About the role
As a Systems Engineer your role is to provide technical engineering support to the NZ Army's Communication Information Systems (CIS) fleet.
As a Systems Engineer you will need to work in sole charge and in team environments, often in high pressure situations, to ensure integral communication systems are open and maintained at tactical, operational and strategic levels of conflict.
During your training you will learn everything required to provide the full range of services required to keep channels of communication open. From local area networks and routers, to satellites and telephone exchanges, you will be able to engineer, diagnose and repair voice and data communication equipment used by the Army.
Job on base
As a systems engineer your day-to-day roles will see you plan, install, commission and engineer communications systems ranging from single channel telegraphs, to radio and satellite systems.
As well as your day to day system engineer tasks you will also continue your soldier training including weapons, medical and radio/communications training.
Job on deployment
Systems Engineers will deploy on a variety of overseas missions from short duration surges to six month deployments in support of peacekeeping and operational deployments. While deployed systems engineers provide technical engineering support to the NZ Army's deployed Communication Information Systems fleet.
Our job’s quite important because we need the infrastructure to be able to send data from way out in the middle of nowhere.
Career progression and training
Your trade training will take approximately six years to complete. Throughout this time the NZ Army will provide training within your chosen professional field of employment. To start with, you will undergo the Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology as well as attending courses on computer networks, system management and network engineering. Later on, as you move up within rank and seniority in your chosen trade of Systems Engineers, you can be posted to other areas such as Wellington, Trentham, Auckland and Burnham.
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
You will learn how to configure network devices such as routers, switches, firewall devices and computers. You will also learn how to operate and engineer satellites, radios, telephone exchanges, transmission media and modems so as to provide 'end-to-end' communication platforms within modern day peace keeping and battlefield conflict zones.
Royal New Zealand Signals Corps Training Course
You will start your initial communications training with a 3 month course at, Linton, Palmerston North. On this course you will learn to operate a broad range of Army Radio and Communications equipment whilst gaining a good understanding of computer and networking systems. This primary course is the building block of Esprit de Corps & comradeship to the RNZ Signals Corps and its members whom will become lifelong friends within and outside of the NZ Army.
Junior Information Systems Operator and Systems Engineer Course
This 9-week course focuses on the installation and configuration of the Remote Communications Access Node (RCAN), and teaches you about the hardware, software and security requirements to operate the RCAN as well as the cabling, encryption and network engineering to support the RCAN. The course teaches a combination of Computer Industry technologies using Windows Client, A+, CCNA and Military curriculums. At the completion of this course you will have learnt all the skills that will allow you to sit the Microsoft Client and CISCO ICND exam.
Intermediate Systems Engineer Course
This course will teach you how to install, configure and maintain the networking devices within a deployed communication asset. This 6 week course is conducted in a laboratory environment where students are taught a technology then given a task to complete as a group through research and experimentation. The course teaches a combination of industry and military specific technologies, network security devices and voice integration gateways.
Senior Systems Engineer Course
This 5 week course encompasses technologies and methods used to enhance a network. You will develop standardised network documentation including creating and implementing baselines and change control. In a laboratory environment you will design a pre-production network simulating existing enterprise networks, conduct testing and enhance the network with technologies such as QoS and WAN Optimisation.
Trade Promotion Courses
The Detachment Commanders Course and the Troop Sergeants Course are part of your career progression. They are designed to test your trade knowledge and skills as well as your leadership ability. Base level management is conducted during these courses and enhanced at Unit level. The Communications Information System Electronic Warfare Managers Course is more advanced course which will train you in the administration, design and management of communications systems. The course is designed to test your management skills and your ability to manoeuvre communications assets on the battlefield.
In addition to the above training is a combination of Polytechnic and on the job training, conducting an Information and Communication Technology program and technology certification programs. Adding to your professional systems engineering development, you will attend a number of command courses so as to develop your leadership and command strategy thinking within various demanding operational scenario settings. All of this training will make for a diverse and challenging learning environment within the NZ Army.
Following completion of the RNZ Signals Corps Course training is a combination of Polytechnic, and on the job training. Adding to your professional engineering development, you will attend a number of junior and senior RNZ Signals command courses so as to develop your leadership and command strategy thinking within various demanding operational scenario settings. All of this training will make for a diverse and challenging learning environment within the NZ Army.
Salary and benefits
Careers in the Army are well-rewarded, diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, your salary will rise accordingly.
Starting Trade Training
Benefits and allowances
There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.
For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.
Free medical and dental
Access to subsidised equipment on base
Subsidised food on base
Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels
Fitness and Medical
Period of Service
- You must be at least 17.5 years old due to the requirement to hold a TSV clearance. However, the preferred minimum age is 20 years old.
- Meet the citizenship and security requirements to gain TSV security clearance for this trade.
- Must be a NZ citizen.
You must have achieved NCEA Level 2 with a minimum of 12 credits in Level 2 Science.
- You must be medically fit for service.
- Colour perception restrictions may apply.
There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required TSV security clearance for this trade.
Find out if you’re eligible here.
Once you have completed training you will be required to give a two year return of service to the NZ Army.
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