Civilian Engineer Development Program

The Civilian Engineer Development Program (CEDP) is one of the most comprehensive development programs in Australia. The initiative, operated by the Head of Navy Engineering (HNE), plays a critical role in delivering current and future Navy capabilities.

Navy requires professional engineers from a broad range of disciplines to acquire, maintain, sustain and upgrade the key capabilities of the RAN. The specific disciplines sought each year are based on the current needs of the organisation.

Over the three-year development program, candidates have the opportunity to participate in tests and trials, while assisting in the delivery of technical requirements and specifications.

The CEDP offers six-month working rotations are also offered across a range of areas including:

  • industry
  • ship/dock yards
  • Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG)
  • Defence Science and Technology Group (DST)
  • other Navy establishments.

Candidates do not have to enlist in the Navy or wear a uniform to join the CEDP. Employment is through Defence as an Australian Public Servant (APS) working within the Navy group.

While largely based in Canberra or Sydney there are opportunities to be placed in other areas within the Navy.