The WA defence boom is here, with exciting, long-term, stable careers on offer. There has been significant investment in the industry to build a pipeline of skilled workers for current and future work. To find out more about the defence workforce initiatives visit the Jobs and Skills WA(opens in a new tab) website.
We are now offering a new Defence Industry Pathways Program. This 12 month traineeship, an Australian Government initiative, will give you experience across a range of career options - from cyber security to logistics - to help you decide which path you want to take before entering the workplace. You will get paid while gaining practical industry experience with world-leading employers and you will receive a uniform, laptop and safety kit.
We also have skill sets for current tradespeople to get up to code for working in the defence industry or for those already working in the defence industry and would like to skill up for a new project or upgrade your certifications.
Skill sets are in:
- Fluid Power
- Coded Welding Flux Cored Arc Skill Set
- Coded Welding Gas Tungsten Arc Skill Set
- Coded Welding Manual Metal Arc Welding (Pipe) Skill Set
- Welding Supervisor Skill Set
Thousands of defence jobs are set to be created and workers with skills in trade, technical/cyber, science, engineering and technology will be in demand.
For more info contact the Defence Team at the Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre:
Facilities at our campuses are world class, providing students with hands-on experience in a real-life industry setting. Our facilities include:
- Heavy fabrication workshops
- Mechanical fitter and fitter machinist workshops
- State-of-the-art welding equipment and facilities
- World leading hydraulic and pneumatic equipment (fluid power)
- Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment
- Composites trade and marine craft construction workshop
Naval Base and Rockingham campuses are centrally located to Perth’s defence shipbuilding industry and have specialist facilities, with a strong focus on engineering, fabrication and shipbuilding courses.
The Naval Shipbuilding College endorses the Certificate III Engineering - Fabrication Trade qualification and enjoys being co-located within our Naval Base campus.
A career in defence is most definitely a job of the future. Roles will be challenging, in-demand, well compensated and offer long term prospects. Most employment opportunities will be with companies winning defence contracts – and their supply chain.
Some jobs include:
- Fitter Machinist
- High end CNC programmer / operator
- Composites shipbuilder
- Mechanical fitter/Pipe fitter
- Refrigeration/Air conditioning engineer
- Mechanical engineer
- Marine fabricator
- Refrigeration/air conditioning technician
- Industrial electrician
- Defence jobs brochure (518 KB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab) - See our defence industry study areas and related job roles
- Capability statement (4 MB) (PDF document) - Find out how we work with the specific needs of the defence industry
SM TAFE offers qualifications from entry level Certificate II, to Certificate III level apprenticeships, to post-trade specialisations in welding. These are suited for all abilities and ages, from school leavers to those with industry experience.
For school leavers and mature age entrants
AE368 Coded Welding Flux Cored Arc Skill Set
AE369 Coded Welding Gas Tungsten Arc Skill Set
AE370 Coded Welding Manual Metal Arc Welding (Pipe) Skill Set
AE372 Welding Supervisor Skill Set
Have you considered studying in courses that support the defence industry?
Defence in Western Australia also includes logistics and warehousing, maritime, information technology and engineering. Navigate to those industry areas using their links to explore courses with strong employment growth.
A dedicated defence industry team is available at the Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre to undertake careers promotion across all schools, and with veterans, and provide advice to jobseekers and potential defence industry workers about options for training and career planning. All services are free, and available to anyone in WA.
To contact the team, call or email the Rockingham JSC or drop in for a chat.
Phone: 08 9599 8655
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org(opens in a new tab)
South Metropolitan TAFE Rockingham campus
Building G, Simpson Avenue Rockingham
Visit the Defence Jobs and Skills page(opens in a new tab) for more information on the latest defence industry incentives.
Industry: View our defence capability statement (2 MB) (PDF document).