Civilian Engineer Development Program Introduction

Navy Leadership, Headed by Chief of Navy (CN) consists of four components:

  • Deputy Chief of Navy and Head Navy People Training and Resources
  • Head Navy Engineering
  • Commander Australian Fleet
  • Head Navy Capability

The Program

Head Navy Engineering (HNE) operates one of the most comprehensive engineer development programs in Australia. The Navy Civilian Engineer Development Program (CEDP) is a Canberra based program with the opportunity to be placed in Sydney/or other areas within the Naval Technical Bureau (NTB) within Navy Engineering Division. The CEDP through recruitment and development plays a key role in building the future of Naval Engineering and plays a critical role in delivering current and future Navy capability

The NTB requires professional engineers from a broad range of disciplines to enable Navy to acquire, maintain, sustain and upgrade ships and submarines of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). You will assist in the delivery of technical requirements, specifications, tender evaluations and have the opportunity to participate in tests and trials. The ships and submarines of the RAN are unique and challenging platforms that combine the systems for delivering mission systems integrated with the crews’ work place, recreation and accommodation in a single environment.

The CEDP offers a three year development program including six month work rotations across varied work areas (including Industry/Ship Yard/Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group/Defence Science and Technology Group and/or other Navy Establishments. 

Navy Engineering is a workplace that values people for their contribution and who they are. It will develop you as a team player with a strong work ethic and provides excellent opportunities for professional development and education.  It is a multicultural organisation with a focus on the health and wellbeing of the staff.

The engineers are given opportunities to maintain and broaden their engineering skills, to attend specialist training in their given disciplines and to achieve and maintain appropriate levels of professional status (Chartered). Overall the program seeks graduate engineers from the full breath of engineering disciplines that have application in the maritime context. The specific disciplines sought in any given year are based on the development needs of the organisation.

Who are we looking for

In 2020, CEDP is looking for engineering graduates completing the following course of study:

  • Electrical (Power)
  • Fire Safety Engineering
  • Naval Architecture
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Communications Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Cyber Related Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical
  • Chemical

Civilian Engineer Development Program

The Program includes a range of features that provide broad professional development and recognition through:

  • Rotations through different work areas to provide you with varied on the job training;
  • Specialist training courses that enhance your functional competencies, establish a greater depth of engineering knowledge and maintain the informed customer status of the Navy program;
  • General training courses that will develop your core competency skills and facilitate greater efficiencies whilst working in a Defence environment;
  • Industrial Rotation or Secondment to provide a practical element to your career development and to meet organisational needs; 
  • Rotation to a Ship Yard or Dock Yard;
  • Projects to develop your analysis and research skills;
  • Visits to provide you with an appreciation of manufacturing processes and maintenance procedures;
  • Networking opportunities to develop your team working skills, engender a spirit of cooperation and facilitate better working relationships: and 
  • Sea-Riding to give you a personal experience with life onboard naval ships and to let you see first- hand the effect of design decisions taken during ship construction have on the ship and its crew.

Chartered Engineering Status

The Program is structured for individuals to achieve appropriate levels of professional status, specifically that of Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng). CPEng can be achieve through either Engineers Australia, RINA or IMarEST.