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Naval Civilian Engineer Development Program

Naval Civilian Engineer Development Program
The Naval Civilian Engineer Development Program (Naval CEDP) has been designed to offer the best engineering training around. We want our graduates to be the best in their field. The Naval CEDP is recognised by Engineers Australia and enables our engineers to actively head towards Chartered Status.


  • Industry rotation or secondment to give a practical element to your career development and to meet organisational needs. (This is subject to funding availability.)
  • Research projects to develop your analysis and research skills.
  • Visits to give you an appreciation of manufacturing processes and maintenance procedures.
  • Networking opportunities to develop your team working skills.
  • 'Sea riding' to give you personal experience of life on-board naval ships, and let you see first hand the effect design decisions taken during ship construction have on the ship and its crew.
  • Permanent position in Defence on successful completion of the program and advancement to APS 6
  • Generous assistance with relocation to Canberra


The Naval Technical Bureau (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. This work includes the analysis of failures and recommending solutions. 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 Naval Civilian Engineer Development Program runs for 36-months and includes six work rotations of six months each at various locations. These include:

  • One industry rotation (outside the Department of Defence) that can be done in Canberra or elsewhere nationally.
  • One rotation at either the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group or the Defence Science and Technology Group.
  • Four rotations in the Naval Technical Bureau.

Navy Engineering is a workplace that values people for their contribution and who they are. The Naval CEDP 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 its staff.

The Naval CEDP provides engineering graduates the opportunity to grow and develop a professional career providing optimum exposure to a variety of on and off the job training. You will get optimum exposure to a variety of engineering opportunities through both on-the-job and off-the-job training. Our 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). Graduates will also be provided with general training courses have been designed to develop your core competency skills and encourage greater efficiencies when you’re working in an office environment.

The Naval CEDP is recognised by Engineers Australia, and is structured to help engineers achieve appropriate levels of professional competency, for recognition toward Chartered Status. Chartered Status is a professional credential recognised by government, business and the general public worldwide. As a Naval CEDP graduate we will continue to fund your membership with Engineers Australia or other appropriate professional body while ever you meet the requirements of Navy and are working towards or maintaining Chartered Status.

For more detailed information about the Program, view the links below

Quick Details

  • Degree types: Engineering (specialising in Naval Architecture, Communications, Chemical, Electronics, Electrical, Materials, Mechatronics, Fire Safety, Software and Cyber related technologies, Systems, Mechanical.
  • Salary: APS 4: $67,100 pa + 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to APS 6: $80,699 pa + 15.4% superannuation
  • Program:
    • 3 years – 6 x 6 month rotations
  • Intake:  February
  • Location:  Canberra
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Benefits: Why Choose Defence
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