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The Australian Government has committed to the most significant regeneration of Australia's naval capability in history, with the acquisition, build and sustainment of 12 Submarines and nine anti-submarine Frigates. This is your opportunity to be a part of this exciting venture that will include the establishment of a continuous Naval Shipbuilding capability within Australia. .


  • On-the-job and off-the-job learning and development to achieve industry-based professional recognition
  • Opportunities for work in key sites such as Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and in Cherbourg, France (final rotation only)
  • Opportunity to build on the skills you learned at university
  • Emphasis on work-life balance
  • You will work on complex projects that are of national significance
  • Your work will contribute to projects that are in direct support of the Australian Navy
  • Advancement to APS 5 level on successful completion of the Capability Pathway
  • Opportunities to become a professional Engineer through certification with an appropriate engineering body


In 2018, the Capability Pathway will be recruiting to a significant number of new opportunities for Engineers and Naval Architects across the Maritime and Naval construction sector (within the future ship and submarine projects). To support these unprecedented multi-billion dollar projects, the Maritime Engineering and Naval Construction job stream (within the Defence Graduate Program) will provide university graduates an exciting and unique opportunity to be a part of this significant contribution to Australian Navy capability.

Both projects will create significant long term job opportunities within the Department of Defence focusing on systems engineering activities in requirements definition, review of contractor activities and acceptance throughout the design development, build, integration and sustainment phases. They will also create thousands of jobs for decades to come. Opportunities will be available in Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and some opportunities overseas (Cherbourg, France – final rotation only).

Throughout the graduate program you will be provided with meaningful training and development opportunities, with access to cutting edge technology and opportunities to engage with key project stakeholders.

The engineering disciplines we are seeking include:

  • Mechatronics
  • Communications
  • Electronic
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Software
  • Systems
  • Naval Architecture

For more detailed information about the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), view the links below

Next steps

Ready to apply? Find out more about applying at the How to Apply page.

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Quick Details

  • Degree types: Engineering (Mechtronics, Electrical, Electronic, Communications, Systems, Software, Mechanical, Naval Architecture)
  • Salary: $65,133 pa + 15.4% super
  • Program:
    • 18 months – 3 x 6 month rotations
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Intake: February or September
  • Location: Various Australia wide (Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and Cherbourg (France) - final rotation only)
  • Benefits: Why Choose Defence
“During my first rotation within the Defence Capability Pathway, I worked at the Future Submarine Program in Adelaide. It was exciting to be involved in a project enhancing the capability of the Australian Navy in the largest Defence procurement program in Australian history.”


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