You are the internal voice of the Army, operating and maintaining sophisticated communications systems to keep vital command and control systems up and running.
- SpecialisationIntelligence, IT and Communications
- Starting Salary$51,177
- Upcoming Intake01 March, 2021
About the role
For a modern army to function, communications are vital. As a Communication Systems Operator you will be working with some of New Zealand’s most sophisticated communications equipment and technology to keep the Army's command and control systems up and running.
This can include communication channels over short distances, or anywhere around the world using a modern array of complex communication systems.
You will learn to set up and operate multi-channel communications, long and short range radio networks and satellite systems. Out in the field, you could find yourself in a highly mobile radio detachment or possibly in a node providing vital strategic reach back communications.
Job on base
Your initial day-to-day activities will see you working as a member of a Communications Access Node (CAN) detachment. You will be responsible for establishing the RF links that allow connectivity for the deployable CIS services. Additionally, as a trained RF specialist your role may see you interacting with personnel from other NZ Army units to provide training, advice or assistance for their specific requirements.
Job on deployment
Communication Systems Operators are highly deployable, and are regularly employed on overseas missions and exercises, primarily in support of other NZ Army units. While on deployment overseas you can expect to work alongside other countries and nationalities establishing and supporting RF networks to enable CIS systems for the NZDF and, or interoperability with coalition partners.
"A person that would best fit a Communication System operator is someone that’s a fast learner, they have high standards, and someone that definitely wants a sense of adventure and challenge."
Training and career progression
Your trade training will take approximately six years to complete. Throughout this time the NZ Army will provide training within your chosen professional field of employment. Later, as you move up within rank and seniority there are posting opportunities to areas such as Burnham, Auckland, Wellington, Trentham, and Christchurch.
Upon enlistment into the Army you will be posted to Waiouru Army Camp. Here you will complete 16 weeks of basic military training to find out if you have what it takes to be in the Army. The training will include:
- Organisation and Administration
- Army Customs and Protocol
- Drill and Parades
- Military Field Skills and Weapon Training
- First Aid
- Physical Fitness
Royal New Zealand Signals Corps Training Course
You will start your initial communications training with a 3 month course at, Linton, Palmerston North. On this course you will learn to operate a broad range of Army Radio and Communications equipment whilst gaining a good understanding of computer and networking systems. This primary course is the building block of Esprit de Corps & comradeship to the RNZ Signals Corps and its members whom will become lifelong friends within and outside of the NZ Army.
Communication Systems Operator and Operational Support and Information Specialist Junior Course
This five week course conducted at Linton Military Camp will teach you the requirements to operate all communications access node (CAN) bearer systems and provide first line operational support within a command post environment. You will receive instruction on advanced combat net radio systems, construction of antenna systems, wide band satellite systems, army security systems, command post operations and information assurance.
Communication Systems Operator Intermediate Course
This one month course conducted at Linton Military Camp will teach you the requirements to operate as a detachment member or as an independent deployed signaller. You will be taught basic electrical principles, planning and designing long range radio communications, advanced radio operations and establishing multichannel satellite links
Communication Systems Senior Course
This one month course conducted at Linton Military Camp will teach you the requirements to design, implement and advise on communications systems. You will be taught data communications concepts, multiplexing concepts, radio frequency technology concepts, planning short and medium distance communications links, design frequency plans, produce communications instructions and understand cellular communications technologies
Trade Promotion Courses
The Detachment Commanders Course and the Troop Sergeants Course are part of your career progression. They are designed to test your trade knowledge and skills as well as your leadership ability. Base level management is conducted during these courses and enhanced at Unit level. The Communications Information System Electronic Warfare Managers Course is more advanced course which will train you in the administration, design and management of communications systems. The course is designed to test your management skills and your ability to manoeuvre communications assets on the battlefield.
In addition to the above training you will receive a combination of Extramural study and on the job training. Adding to your professional development, you will attend a number of NZ Army command courses to enable you to develop your leadership and command strategy thinking processes. All of this training combines to make for a diverse and challenging learning environment within the NZ Army.
Trade Promotion Courses
The Detachment Commanders Course and the Troop Sergeants Course are part of your career progression. They are designed to test your trade knowledge and skills as well as your leadership ability. Base level management is conducted during these courses and enhanced at Unit level. The Communications Information System Electronic Warfare Managers Course is a more advanced course which will train you in the administration, design and management of communications and Information systems. The course is designed to test your management skills and your ability to plan, and manoeuvre communications assets on the battlefield.
Salary and benefits
Careers in the Army are well-rewarded, diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, your salary will rise accordingly.
Starting Trade Training
Benefits and allowances
There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.
For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.
Free medical and dental
Access to subsidised equipment on base
Subsidised food on base
Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels
Fitness and Medical
Period of Service
- You must be able to obtain a TSV clearance.
- Must be a NZ Resident
You must have achieved NCEA level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements.
- be medically fit for service
- colour perception restrictions may apply.
There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required TSV security clearance for this trade.
Find out if you’re eligible here.
Your training is some of the most thorough and advanced in the world. On completion of your training, there may be a return of service period for this trade.
Please contact our 0800 number or talk to your Candidate Experience Facilitator for more information.
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