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Air Force – Electrician

I’m a roaming Air Force
electrician. Varies from working on the air
field from runway lighting to refurbishing buildings overseas
on deployments. Mostly here for any sort of
deployment operational carry on’s that are on
at the moment. What we do is, we’ll come
in after a four-year apprenticeship outside
as a tradesman. We have our log book and
complete a series of courses, which we get paid to do,
obviously, while we’re on the job training, which
is a big plus. Once we’ve done those courses,
we can then progress in rank and just go from there. One of the main reasons
joining up was the job security, as well as have a
chance to actually travel around Australia, get paid to
do it, as well, and you’re doing a trade at
the same time. Making a difference out
there, basically. Obviously, we do a lot
of [INAUDIBLE]. From running from airfield
lighting, working on the runway right up to
going out bush. Working with generators
and basically pairing up the whole camp. They do range from computer
courses, and also [INAUDIBLE], training and assessing,
so we can further on the training levels. And being in the RAF, I can get
promoted, work my way up to sergeant and so forth. And that’s all paid training. How awesome. The Air Force is great. We get to travel around
Australia. Basically, you go and do the
courses, get paid to do it, and get fit at the same time. Being in the RAF, it has its
rewards, where I’m getting paid to get fit. For starters, we’re doing a lot
of physical training on a daily basis. You can go ahead and dig that
trench and get covered in concrete dust. But you’re surrounded by
planes and trains and automobiles, and everything
else that goes with it. The variety of work where we got
out, it’s in air strips. Obviously, make sure the
lighting’s fine and all that sort of it. And just our day-to-day job,
performing our role, electrician on base,
making sure everything’s up and running. Deployments. I’ve been to Solomon Islands
and East Timor and Iraq. Basically, my job over there
was to refurb buildings and just make sure the pilots are
comfortable with their lighting and [INAUDIBLE]
situation. The major one’s just the
security of work, for me. And you can make a lot more
money and learning, and all that sort of stuff that,
ten years down the track, who knows? This is what I’m looking for. Obviously, the biggest draw
card is job security, and getting to travel around
Australia, as well, at the same time. This is the switchboard for
the [INAUDIBLE] container. Very similar to the one at home,
got in your house, does the same thing as [INAUDIBLE]. Just checking out the resistance
between the two points, and making sure that
she’s all up to scratch. My job will be to test and run
this [INAUDIBLE] equipment here, just to make sure it’s
all working, all the [INAUDIBLE] breakers are
on the generator. Check all the lights, switches,
power points. Being an electrician, also I
get to do a wide variety of jobs, helping out the plumbers
all the time as well. So there always is that
assisting the other trades as well. A trade assistant is basically
helping out the other trades, electricians and plumbers. Obviously, you’ve got to cover
a range of different tasks that are performed
in the Air Force. You don’t just do the one
job all the time. And that’s great.

Tony wyaad