‘Looking’ and ‘listening’ for electronic signals passing through the atmosphere is a specialised role. We will train you to become a master of this technical role.
- SpecialisationIntelligence, IT and Communications
- Starting Salary$47,224
About the role
As an Electronic Warfare Specialist (EWS), you are a key component of the ships war fighting team. EWS primary war fighting role is to identify and defend against Anti-Ship missiles. You will be trained to have intimate knowledge of ships, aircraft, and their associated weapons and radars. Additionally, EWS’ provide communications support in a war fighting capacity and assist in early warning of potential threats against the ship. Electronic Warfare Specialists must be able to gain and maintain a TOP SECRET security clearance as your day-to-day work is highly sensitive.
All Electronic Warfare Specialists complete demanding training in technical analysis and equipment usage. Their day-to-day tasks are real challenges that offer great opportunities for high achievers.
Electronic Warfare Specialists are able to understand and meet the strict security constraints that surround this type of work, and are also able to present information clearly and concisely to those in command, giving them an overall picture of what is happening from the information collected and analysed.
Job on base
When Electronic Warfare Specialists are not deployed they will work in the Naval Operations Support Unit which is located in the Devonport Naval Base in Auckland. In addition to this Electronic Warfare Specialists may be required to take up positions in the Defence Headquarters or Joint Forces Headquarters, or the Joint Electronic Warfare Support Facility which are located in the Wellington region.
Job on deployment
Going to so many different places thereʻs so much opportunity out there. If you’re the type of person you can definitely jump in at any chance you get – that’s the reason I joined.
Career progression and training
Upon successful enlistment into the Navy you’ll be posted to Devonport Navy base in Auckland. Here you will do complete your basic training.
On completion of BCT, an Ordinary Electronic Warfare Specialist (OEWS) will undergo a psychological assessment in order to determine the right career stream. Once this has been decided and personnel have gained their TOP SECRET security clearance, their specialist training commences. Personnel will either undertake the Able Electronic Warfare Specialist Electronic Intelligence (AEWS (E)) course or the Able Electronic Warfare Communications Intelligence (AEWS(C)) course at the Electronic Warfare Specialist School.
All sailors are required to complete damage control (DC) training. The three main components of DC are fire fighting, flooding and toxic gas drills. Seamanship, sea survival, rifle training are also mandatory to be an effective and safe member of the ships company.
Further courses, promotions and training opportunities are available throughout your career as are opportunities to deploy on Peacekeeping missions and overseas deployments.
Salary and benefits
Careers in the Navy are well-rewarded, as well as being diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, you will see your salary rise accordingly.
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 at least 18 years of age.
- Meet the citizenship and security requirements to gain TSS security clearance for this trade.
- You must be free of any criminal convictions.
You must have achieved the NCEA level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements.
- You must be medically fit for service.
- Colour perception restrictions may apply.
There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required TSS security clearance for this trade.
Find out if you’re eligible here.
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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