Sixteen young men and women considering joining the ADF in a trade role were given some hands-on experience in the Technical Trade Immersion Day at HMAS Stirling, WA, on April 19.

Petty Officer Matthew Cace, from the Defence Force Recruiting Centre in Perth, said attendees took part in team-building and leadership-focused activities, and toured a number of facilities across the Navy base.

“Serving Navy members were available to candidates all day, offering them the opportunity to ask questions about trade roles in the ADF, learning about roles at sea and ashore, and career and training possibilities of a trade role in the Navy, Army or Air Force,” Petty Officer Cace said. 

"Candidates visited the Navy Engineering System Centre to find out more about marine technician and electronics technician roles and chat with students who are currently completing their training. 

“They were also offered a tour of the Submarine Training and Systems Centre, which provides submarine-specific training, and a tour of the School of Survival and Ship Safety to gain an understanding of the shipborne working environment,” he said.

Technical trade roles are vitally important to the ADF.

Working at the leading edge of technology, Defence technical professionals are offered state-of-the-art training and work with some of the world's most advanced aircraft, ships, vehicles, weaponry and information and communication technology systems.

“Attendees jumped at the opportunity to get hands-on experience throughout the day,” Petty Officer Case said.

“They were able to have really exciting and in-depth conversations with men and women in trade roles in Defence to better understand the unique benefits and challenges of applying technical skills to service multi-million-dollar platforms in the ADF.”

To view the technical and trade roles available in the ADF, visit:, your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre or phone 13 19 01.