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Naval Civilian Engineer Development Program

Naval Civilian Engineer Development Program
The Naval Civilian Engineer Development Program (CEDP) offers a challenging, inspiring and unique work environment. The program ensures you receive a holistic development program, giving you the opportunity to strive both personally and professionally.


  • Opportunities to be part of weapons testing, ship building and ground breaking maritime developments.
  • Industry rotation that will give a practical element to your career development and assist you in understanding the role of system suppliers in the production and support of naval ships.
  • Research projects to develop your analysis and research skills.
  • Mentoring to develop your technical skills as well as the fundamental skills to become a future leader.
  • Site visits to give you an appreciation of ship manufacturing processes and maintenance procedures.
  • Networking opportunities to develop your relationship building skills.
  • 'Sea riding' to give you personal experience of life on-board naval ships, and let you see first-hand the effect design decisions made during ship construction have on the ship and its crew.
  • Permanent placement and advancement into an APS 6 position in Defence on successful completion of the program.
  • Generous assistance with relocation to Canberra


Navy requires professional civilian 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, design and 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 maritime capability integrated with the crews’ work place, recreation and accommodation in a single environment.

The CEDP runs for 3 years 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 completed in Canberra or other locations within Australia.
  • One rotation at another Group within the Department of Defence, such as Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group or the Defence Science and Technology Group.
  • Four rotations within Navy Group.

Navy is a workplace that values its people and supports their contribution and innovative ideas. The Naval CEDP will develop the core skills required to be successful in the role and provides excellent opportunities for professional development through mentoring and education. Navy is a diverse and inclusive organisation, with a focus on the wellbeing of its staff through encouraging a work life balance.

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. 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 are also provided with general training courses that have been designed to develop your core competency skills and providing you with the tools to become one of our future leaders.

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 whilst you continue to 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 Systems, Chemical, Electronics, Electrical, Materials, Mechatronics, Computer Science, Software and Cyber related technologies, Systems, Mechanical, Communications Networks). New to our program for 2020 we are looking for graduates with disciplines in ICT.
  • Technology areas include:Radar, command and control systems, networks, satellite and terrestrial communications, navigation, integrated control systems, sonar, escape and rescue, structures and corrosion protection, stability and seakeeping, damage control, signatures, ballistic protection and shock hardening, armament, fluid power transfer, air conditioning, lifting equipment, power generation and distribution, propulsion, environmental protection.
  • Salary: $68,442 pa + 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to $74,721 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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