Navy Civilian Engineer Development Program (Affirmative Measures)

Department of Defence

Graduate APS - ~ $65,133

Ongoing, Full-time

Canberra - ACT

Closing date: Tuesday, 3 April 2018

13 days to apply

Job description


The Navy Civilian Engineer Development Program plays a critical role in contributing to current and future Naval capability and is one of the most comprehensive programs of its type in Australia. The program aims to support the identification of acquisition and in service sustainment requirements of the Royal Australian Navy fleet. Key to this function is providing specialist engineering support through the life of Navy platforms, including during requirements development, build, test and trial phases, sea trials and in service support.

The program includes a range of features that provide broad professional development and recognition as well as the opportunity to grow and develop a professional career as an Australian Public Service employee within the Department of Defence. Based on competencies recognised by Engineers Australia (EA), this program consists of Defence and industry work rotations and provides optimum exposure to a variety of engineering opportunities through both on and off the job training.

The Navy Civilian Engineer Development Program offers a 36 month development program, consisting of six work rotations of six months each. These rotations include; one industry rotation (outside of Defence) that can be done in Canberra or elsewhere; one rotation at Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group in Canberra or elsewhere or at the Defence Science and Technology Group in Melbourne or Adelaide; and four rotations within the Naval Technical Bureau in Canberra.

The Department’s generous remuneration package, conditions of service and leave benefits will contribute to you enjoying a happy work/life balance. The program also includes assistance to achieve industry based professional experience.

The Navy Civilian Engineer Program looks for applicants who have Engineering degrees specialising in:

- Naval Architecture, Chemical, Communications, Computer, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical, Materiel, Mechatronics and Systems.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Defence is committed to developing a workforce that represents the diversity of Australian culture. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people who identify as having a disability.


You must have completed, at minimum, a four year Bachelor degree recognised in Australia (in a relevant discipline for specialist streams). For further information on eligibility requirements, please see


For further information about the Navy Civilian Engineer Development Program (CEDP) please contact the CEDP coordinator via email at: or phone: (02) 6266 2935.

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.

This vacancy has been nominated for filling within the agencys graduate program. A graduate program is a structured, on the job program, designed to introduce graduates to an APS organisation. Successful applicants receive training and development, mentoring and on the job support.

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:

For more information:

(02) 6266 2935

Position number:

Vacancy N.N. 10720655

Agency website:

Department of Defence website