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Defence Vacancy N.N. 10716695
Department of Defence Closing date: Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Job Title: First Year Mechanical Apprentice
Division: Defence Science and Technology
Branch: Research Services
Section: Scientific and Engineering Services
Job Type: Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time
Salary: $25,240 - $46,441
Location: Edinburgh - SA
Classification: Apprentice APS (Trades)
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: DST/03598/17
Agency Website:

Job Description


Defence Science & Technology (DST) is committed to providing training and entry level employment opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).The mechanical apprenticeship position will provide the opportunity for apprentices to complete a trade in Mechanical Fabrication within a research environment. The Mechanical apprentice will be provided with a DST supervisor who will be responsible for their daily supervision and the apprentice will receive hands on experience within Scientific Engineering Services (SES) and the wider DST site.

The Mechanical apprentice will during the course of the apprenticeship, develop skills in the areas of:
• General machining using manual milling machines and lathes
• General 3 axis computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining and turning
• Use of CNC electro discharge machines
• Interpret engineering drawings
• Interact with computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software to program CNC machines.
• Interact with additive manufacturing technology

In combination with on-site training, successful progress throughout and completion of TAFE studies in the Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical) and will be required which will be supported under the Defence Learning Manual.

All shortlisted applicants will be required to sit an online aptitude test which focuses on the areas of Comprehension, Mechanical Reasoning and Mathematics. In order to be shortlisted further, applicants will need to be assessed as competitive against the relevant benchmarks for the position.

The filling of this employment opportunity is intended to constitute a 'special measure' under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. This employment opportunity is only available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to support Defence achievement of the Council of Australian Governments' target for 3 percent representation by 2018. As per the eligibility requirements outlined in this information pack, proof of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage is required from all applicants.


Candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance at 'Negative Vetting Level 1'


Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified task

4 years

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see:

To Apply

Position Contact: Tim Fletcher, 08 7389 6874
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS48-Wed - 29 Nov 2017 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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