Electrical Fitters maintain and repair the vast array of electrical equipment used by the Army. Effectively the “jack of all trades” amongst the electrical workers, you will be charged with fixing anything, anywhere, in particular looking after power generation and reticulation, as well as refrigeration systems.

  • Service
    Army
  • Specialisation
    Engineering and Technical Trades
  • Location
    Trentham
  • Starting Salary
    $47,224
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About the role

Electrical Fitters maintain and repair the vast array of electrical equipment used by the Army. Effectively the “jack of all trades” amongst the electrical workers, you will be charged with fixing anything, anywhere, in particular looking after power generation and reticulation, as well as refrigeration systems.

During your time as an apprentice, you will be sent to civilian firms on tours of duty to develop your expertise in other areas of the trade. Your training will last approximately four years. You will be aiming to achieve the NZQA New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory and Practice (Trade) (Level 4), and then full registration with the Electrical Workers Registration Board.

Job on base

As an Electrical Fitter you will maintain power generation systems and refrigeration systems. You will also complete safety inspections for all operational Army electrical equipment. On camp you will provide electrical safety education and technical guidance to the command chain on setting up and using different pieces of equipment. 

You will provide support to units in field exercises including provision of maintenance support to exercising units. You will continue with training towards a New Zealand Certificate of Electrical Engineering on and off the job. There are also opportunities for Electrical fitters to work with local civilian firms for experiential benefits.

As well as your trade responsibilities you will also continue with your soldier activities including weapons and first aid training.

Job on deployment

On deployment you will provide logistics and maintenance support to units in the field. You will also maintain operational security and assist with humanitarian relief. You will support other units if they require help and liaise with coalition partners.

The main reason I become an Electrical Fitter is because I knew that it gave you electrical certificates, so a qualified Electrician by the end of your time.

Career progression and training

Career Progression
Basic Training
Job Training
Ongoing Training

As your career progresses, you will learn about a wider range of equipment from qualified instructors both at the Army’s Trade Training School and at your place of work. As you become more senior you will work in specialised units such as engineering and medical. You will also have the opportunity to command small repair elements with a team. You will attend professional development courses such as promotional courses, experiential leadership development activities. You could also train to become a recruit instructor. 

Upon successful enlistment into the Army you will be posted to Waiouru Army base. Here you will do 16 weeks of basic military training to find out if you have what it takes to be in the Army, and learn various subjects including:

  • Organisation and Administration
  • Army Customs and Protocol
  • Drill and Parades
  • Military Field Skills and Weapon Training
  • First Aid
  • Physical Fitness

RNZALR BASIC

Your initial trade training will be conducted at Trade Training School (TTS) in Trentham camp near Wellington. You will be taught everything you need to know to become a fully skilled Electrical Fitter. Courses at TTS include a New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Year 1 & 2), which is an introduction to the basics of your apprenticeship. 

BASIC ELECTRICAL FITTER

Maintenance repair documentation, perform basic general engineering skills, maintain small motors, repair single-phase electrical generators and maintain three-phase generators.

INTERMEDIATE ELECTRICAL FITTER

Repair and maintenance of three-phase generators and field equipment.

SENIOR ELECTRICAL FITTER REFRIGERATION

Repair and maintenance of in-service refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.

UCOL

New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering – Year 3.

You will also receive training on new equipment to ensure you stay up to date with advances in technology.

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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.

$39,781

Recruit

$47,224

Starting Salary

$95,526

Higher Rank

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

Entry requirements

Basics
Education
Fitness and Medical
Citizenship
Period of Service
  • You must be at least 17 years of age
  • Meet the citizenship and security requirements to gain CV security clearance for this trade
  • A Class 1 restricted licence is preferred, but is not compulsory
  • Colour perception restrictions apply.
  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required CV security clearance for this trade.

Find out if you’re eligible here.

Once you have completed training you will be required to give a two year return of service to the NZ Army.

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