As a Mechanical Engineer you'll get more responsibility early in your career than most civilian engineering roles, getting you ahead, faster. You’ll be working hands-on, in, out and around the ship; at sea and ashore. As the technical expert onboard, you’ll be responsible for the ship’s structures and systems, solving problems and making sure everything run smoothly.
It's a challenging and dynamic role that requires a high level of maturity and professionalism. Not only will you be in charge as an engineer, but you’ll also be managing a team and acting as a divisional officer for the department. Being willing to step into a role as a leader and mentor, to guide your team and offer advice, is an essential part of what it means to succeed in this position.
The professional development you gain as a Navy Engineer enables automatic Chartered Engineer (CPEng) accreditation with Engineers Australia, giving you international recognition of your Engineering competency.
Mechanical Engineers are responsible for a variety of systems and structures, including, but not limited to:
Life as a Mechanical Engineer is constantly changing, with new challenges regularly emerging as the Navy introduces new technology, ships and systems. To meet these challenges, you’ll complete a variety of internal courses and will have the opportunity for postgrad training at different universities throughout your career.
There are also a wide variety of shore based positions for periods when you are not posted to a ship including operational planning, project management, career management and general managerial engineering roles.
Life in the Navy:
A career in the Navy is a challenging and highly rewarding working environment that comes with good work/life balance, competitive salary and skills for life. You can expect to feel a unique sense of accomplishment and pride from serving and protecting our country and helping to keep our vast coastlines safe.
Life in the Navy is anything but mundane. You’ll enjoy varied lifestyles, rewarding careers, opportunities to travel, and excellent social and fitness facilities, free medical and dental; all in a dynamic and fulfilling working environment.
Don’t worry, it’s not all life at sea—there’s more to the Navy than ships, submarines and helicopters.
Some days, you might be exploring exciting new countries with your fellow crewmates. Other days, you could be stationed locally not too far from home.
Be paid to train and learn the skills required to become a qualified Mechanical Engineer. Upon completion of your initial military and initial employment training, you’ll enjoy a competitive starting salary package of up to: $104,736 including service and uniform allowances, as well as a Maritime Allowance (if applicable).
In addition to your salary, you will receive generous superannuation, housing subsidies and free medical and dental.
For this role, you must be over 17 at time of enlistment, an Australian Citizen and have passed Year 12 English, Maths, Physics and one more board developed subject.