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Department of Defence Naval Civilian Engineering Development Program

Canberra

The Naval Civilian Engineer Development Program (Naval CEDP) provides engineering graduates the opportunity to grow and develop a professional career providing optimum exposure to a variety of on and off the job training.

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Graduate Job

Application dates

Applications Open
1 Mar 2019
Applications Close
31 Mar 2019

Minimum requirements

Minimum Prior Qualification
Bachelor
Accepting International Applications
No
Qualifications Accepted
E
Civil Engineering & Construction
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Materials Engineering
I
Computer Graphics & Animation
Data Science
S
Sciences

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Industry rotation or secondment to give a practical element to your career development and to meet organisational needs (This is subject to funding availability);
  • Research projects to develop your analysis and research skills;
  • Visits to give you an appreciation of manufacturing processes and maintenance procedures;
  • Networking opportunities to develop your team working skills;
  • 'Sea riding' to give you personal experience of life on-board naval ships, and let you see firsthand the effect design decisions taken during ship construction have on the ship and its crew;
  • Permanent position in Defence on successful completion of the program and advancement to APS 6; and
  • Generous assistance with relocation to Canberra.

The Naval Technical Bureau (NTB) requires professional engineers from a broad range of disciplines to enable Navy to acquire, maintain, sustain and upgrade ships and submarines of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).  You will assist in the delivery of technical requirements, specifications, tender evaluations and have the opportunity to participate in tests and trials. This work includes the analysis of failures and recommending solutions. The ships and submarines of the RAN are unique and challenging platforms that combine the systems for delivering mission systems integrated with the crews’ work place, recreation and accommodation in a single environment. 

The Naval Civilian Engineer Development Program (Naval CEDP) provides engineering graduates the opportunity to grow and develop a professional career providing optimum exposure to a variety of on and off the job training. You will get optimum exposure to a variety of engineering opportunities through both on-the-job and off-the-job training. Our engineers are given opportunities to maintain and broaden their engineering skills, to attend specialist training in their given disciplines and to achieve and maintain appropriate levels of professional status (Chartered). Graduates will also be provided with general training courses have been designed to develop your core competency skills and encourage greater efficiencies when you’re working in an office environment.

The Naval CEDP is recognised by Engineers Australia, and is structured to help engineers achieve appropriate levels of professional competency, for recognition toward Chartered Status. Chartered Status is a professional credential recognised by government, business and the general public worldwide.  As a Naval CEDP graduate, we will continue to fund your membership with Engineers Australia or other appropriate professional body while ever you meet the requirements of Navy and are working towards or maintaining Chartered Status.

The Naval CEDP offers a 3 year development program based in Canberra, including six month work rotations across varied work areas (including an industry rotation). Overall the program seeks graduate engineers from the full breadth of engineering disciplines that have application in the maritime context. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Engineering (specialising in Naval Architecture, Communications, Chemical, Electronics, Electrical, Materials, Mechatronics, Fire Safety, Software and Cyber related technologies, Systems, Mechanical

The specific disciplines sought in any given year are based on the needs of the organisation.

Quick Details

  • Salary: APS 4: $67,100 pa + 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to APS 6: $80,699 pa + 15.4% superannuation.
  • Program: 3 years – 6 x 6 month rotations
  • Intake:  February
  • Location:  Canberra
  • Eligibility: Australian Citizens only

Applications for Department of Defence graduate opportunities are open from 1 March 2019 and close on 31 March 2019.

The Department of Defence is committed to developing an inclusive workforce that represents the diversity in Australian culture. We strongly encourage applications from Australian Citizens from all backgrounds.

For more information and eligibility requirements, please visit our website.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
The thing I love about working in the Submarine Domain of the Department of Defence is all the cutting-edge technologies and projects, some of which I have had the privilege to be involved in.

Yvonne Yung

  • Graduate stories
The thing I love about working in the Submarine Domain of the Department of Defence is all the cutting-edge technologies and projects, some of which I have had the privilege to be involved in.

Yvonne Yung

  • Graduate stories
Delivering a new capability to the Australian Defence Force and getting through that process is what I love most.

Namita Jose

  • Graduate stories
Delivering a new capability to the Australian Defence Force and getting through that process is what I love most.

Namita Jose

  • Graduate stories
The thing I love about working in the Submarine Domain of the Department of Defence is all the cutting-edge technologies and projects, some of which I have had the privilege to be involved in.

Yvonne Yung

  • Graduate stories
The thing I love about working in the Submarine Domain of the Department of Defence is all the cutting-edge technologies and projects, some of which I have had the privilege to be involved in.

Yvonne Yung

  • Graduate stories
Delivering a new capability to the Australian Defence Force and getting through that process is what I love most.

Namita Jose

  • Graduate stories
Delivering a new capability to the Australian Defence Force and getting through that process is what I love most.

Namita Jose