Information Systems Operator

An Information Systems Operator is a part of the Royal New Zealand Army Corps of Signallers. You will find yourself working with a wide range of information systems technology from single user computers to powerful servers.

You will be part of a growing technical area within the Army, working with the latest software and hardware in one of New Zealand's largest computer networks. The trade is focused on the provision of information system support on the battlefield. This encompasses network servers, client computers and associated software and hardware.

Your day-to-day activities as an Information Systems Operator will see you installing and running operating systems on laptops, computers, servers, and networks. You will also learn how to set up and maintain the hardware and software required for local area networks, a vital part of the communications required to keep a modern Army functioning.

As well as your day to day responsibilities as an Information Systems Operator, you will also continue your soldier training including weapons, medical and radio/communications training.

While on deployment as an Information Systems Operator, you could expect to work alongside other trades setting up command posts and overseas camp facilities ahead of main force arrival. RNZ Signals personnel can be found in small contingents around the globe in support of New Zealand's commitments. Within the RNZ Signals you have a great opportunity for travelling and working overseas and experiencing different cultures.

If you already have a trade qualification, your skills will be highly valued in the New Zealand Army. We will offer you a position/rank equal to your trade qualification, and after basic training, you won't have to start at the bottom. Your expertise will be used and rewarded. So if you think you’re qualified for more, check out further information here.

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 17.5 years old due to the requirement to hold a TSV clearance. However, the preferred minimum age is 20 years old.
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain TSV security clearance for this trade
  • Must be an NZ Citizen
  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

Depending on which higher qualifications you choose to undertake, the return of service can be up to two years.

NOTE: Certified Network Engineer (LAN Manager) has a 24 month period of service.

Upon successful enlistment into the Army you’ll be posted to Waiouru Army base. Here you’ll do 16 weeks of basic military training to find out if you have got 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 start your initial communications training with this 12 week course conducted at the School of Signals, where you will learn to operate a broad range of Army communications equipment utilised at the tactical level. This course will prepare you to progress to advanced training within the Electronic Warfare environment and will strengthen your comradeship with fellow RNZ Signals Corps members who will become life long friends within the communications environment.


This 8-week course focuses on the installation and configuration of Local Area Networks, and teaches you about computer networks, servers and clients utilising a combination of Computer Industry and Military curriculums.


This 8-week course focuses on the implementation and management of advanced server applications and information management processes, utilising a combination of Computer Industry and Military curriculums.


This 5-week course focuses on the Design and Implementation of Information System solutions to meet battlefield requirements in a Local or Wide Area Network configuration. Also includes the implementation and management of secure computer network architectures and structures including computer network defence.

Initially you will be posted to a Signals Squadron (Linton or Burnham). You will work there for the majority of your initial years in the Army. Qualified Information Systems Operators are employed throughout New Zealand including Auckland, Waiouru, Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch.

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