A defence engineer designs, assembles and restores military vehicles and equipment. Defence engineering tends to be a team project, and most engineers will work in a team of professional engineers, who have a variety of specialities.
Defence engineering is a broad sector and work concentrates around many discipline including:
Hardware and electronics
Mechanical and electrical engineering
Research and development
An incorporated defence engineer specialises in the day-to-day administration and management of engineering operations. At chartered level, a defence engineer would have a more strategic role, developing new ideas. With experience, both incorporated and chartered defence engineer may be promoted into a senior management position, working as a consultant for particular fields of defence
A defence engineer will have a keen and comprehensive knowledge of defence issues. Responsible for the design on new defence equipment, the job entails maintaining the equipment and risk management as well.
The role of a defence engineer varies depending on if the role is civil, mechanical, electronic or software engineering. However, the core skills include:
- Excellent math, science and IT skills
- The ability to explain design ideas and plans clearly, and the ability to analyse large amounts of data and assess solution
- Confident decision-making ability
- Excellent communication skills
- Willingness to travel
- Good team-working skills and the ability to work within budgets and to deadlines.