Rheinmetall Defence Australia

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Rheinmetall in Australia is seeking talent! Join us as we experience an exciting period of growth in Australia.

We are establishing a customer-centric workforce that takes pride in delivering quality work for our customers. Rheinmetall Defence Australia has fantastic opportunities for all skillsets, trades, professions and people at all stages of their career.

The future is waiting for you. So are we. #joinrda 

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Why Rheinmetall Defence Australia 

Our Company’s values of Respect, Trust and Openness help us to create a workplace environment where employees value each other, live up to their promises and communicate openly every day. 

One company, endless opportunities 

If you’re asking yourself where in the world you can find us, the answer is simple: we’re everywhere! 

Rheinmetall gives you a whole range of opportunities to gather wide-ranging experience in key markets. Discover the career opportunities that await you in our teams around the world. It doesn’t matter where you choose for your next career move – we’re looking forward to getting to know you! 

Diversity and Inclusion 

RDA recognises the strength that comes with employee diversity. We are committed to providing an inclusive work environment where each employee is treated fairly and respectfully. Diversity is critical to our ability to work successfully as a team regardless of borders, language or culture. Our workforce includes employees of varying gender, age, race and ethnicity, professional and cultural backgrounds. We encourage our employees to comfortably blend private and professional life and we provide a number of attractive employee benefits that our team members can enjoy. 

Things you need to know

Apprenticeships, Traineeships & Graduate Programs 

RDA is excited to have commenced the Apprenticeships and Traineeships program as part of our employment offering in 2021 and beyond. These programs will provide unique opportunities to launch your career in a highly specialised manufacturing space within our country. Our Graduate Programs set you up for success, offering exciting, and hands-on, real-life experience across many of our corporate disciplines including engineering, finance, IT, commercial and human resources. 

Training & Development – A Game Changer! 

We are committed to the professional development of our people and we advocate for the opportunity for continued career development and growth for all. Our “Technology Transfer” project gives many of our Australian-based employees the chance to work and learn on the job at our sites in Europe before returning to Australia to share knowledge to our wider Australian workforce. 

The Sky is the Limit! 

Starting your career at RDA has endless possibilities. If you are a committed and hardworking individual with a standout performance on the job, the sky is the limit. You will have the choice to grow your career within your chosen field: to become a specialist, a leader or even a Director one day. Or you can venture into new horizons and broaden your skills and experience into new areas of specialisation and roles that are rare in the Australian workplace. 

Our Recruitment Process

Get excited to meet the future you!

Our recruitment process starts with an online application. After submitting this, you can expect to do several interviews, including a video screen interview as the first selection step. This will then be followed by a formal interview either face-to-face or via a phone or video-conferencing hook-up. Depending on the role you may also need to complete practical assessments (for trade-specific positions). When the interviews and assessments are completed we will conduct background checks and professional reference checks. Once successful you will receive a verbal offer, followed by a formal employment agreement and start date confirmation.

Engineering at RDA

Rheinmetall Defence Australia has an abundance of opportunities for both experienced and Graduate Engineers from all backgrounds. Being an Engineer with RDA means you play a fundamental part in exciting and groundbreaking global projects that you don’t see every day!

Whether you are working within our Electronics Solutions business innovating world-class simulation, training and state of the art surveillance and reconnaissance systems, or in our Vehicle Systems organisation where you will push technical boundaries to give our servicemen and women a decisive advantage on the battlefield, you will be presented with rewarding challenges, collaborative thinking and the opportunity to work and deliver technology superiority locally here in Australia, but also internationally.

The main engineering streams we recruit for include:

Cyber Security Engineer

The Cyber Security Engineer protects computers, networks and data from unauthorised entry and usually has experience in multiple software development methodologies, software configuration management, and coding languages.

Design Engineer

The Design Engineer is responsible for the design of systems, subsystems and components of tracked armoured vehicles over the products life cycle. A design engineer conceives and selects concepts in response to Requirements using a range of tools and methods such as weighted Trade-Off Studies and FMECA.

Electronics Engineer

The Electronics Engineer responsibility is to design, integrate, and verify hardware systems, subsystems, and components for the Vehicles.

Manufacturing Engineer

The Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for the specification of all tooling, machinery, plant and equipment to support the current and future operational requirements of the Production facility. These engineers lead the project management of equipment specification, budget development, procurement, installation and commissioning for both new and modified items.

Project Quality Engineer

The Project Quality Engineer ensures that the implementations of the projects comply with the contractual, customer-specific, project-relevant and company-internal quality requirements for the products and the processes used. A Project Quality Engineer adapts and develops methods and tools of quality, derives essential test points and criteria and ensures that the defined measures are carried out.

Software Engineer

Software Engineers are usually experienced in multiple software development methodologies, software configuration management, and coding languages.

Systems Engineer

The Systems Engineer is responsible for performing Systems Engineering and Verification to design, integrate, and verify systems, subsystems, and components for the Vehicle.

Welding Engineer

The Welding Engineer is responsible for supervising the overall design and manufacturing process of armoured steel welding assemblies to ensure that the manufactured product satisfies all the internal and external requirements. The Welding Engineer will provide expert guidance in welding technology, development of welding procedures and production plans as well as responsibility for ensuring weld quality and reducing welding defects.

Meet Jessica

Mechanical Design Engineer – Jessica Veivers

What’s your role? 

I am a Mechanical Design Engineer within RDA’s Lynx engineering team. I am involved in design development, prototyping and manufacture of vehicle components. I work across all areas the business and with our engineering teams internationally. Occasionally, I even get to go for a ride in one of our vehicles! 

What do you love most about what you do? 

Getting to do diverse work that interests me. I constantly get to learn new things because of this. My exposure to so many different projects is also exciting. 

Where to from here? 

I look forward to continuing my work on the Lynx project. I have learnt so much in my time with RDA already and I will continue to as we still grow as an organisation here in Australia. In the coming years I hope to develop leadership and management skills to take on the next steps in my career. 

My Career Pathway 

  1. Graduated from university in 2018 (studied a double major in Mechanical and Medical engineering) 
  2. Started working at RDA in early 2019 as a Graduate Mechanical Design Engineer. 
  3. Worked on exciting projects here in Australia but also spent 2 months in Germany to hone my skills and experience as an Engineer. 
  4. 2020 Finalist in both the Defence Connect Australia’s Graduate of the Year Award and the Australian Industry Defence Network Queensland’s Young Achiever Award.

Day in the Life of RDA Apprentices

Ronil Prasad

4:30 AM

I am a morning person so the earlier the better. My day starts at 4.30am with my alarm going off. I can confidently say that my dog does not have the same love of early mornings as I do, so he very happily goes back to sleep. I have a shower, get dressed, have a coffee and set some time to have plenty of hugs with the dog, before I leave for the day.

5:30 AM

I am on the road and battling the 60 min drive to work, hoping that there is no traffic to slow me down.

7:00 AM

I like to get in a bit early to catch up with everybody, usually around 6:30 as I’ve worked with a lot of my team for a few years now (across different roles) so we know how each other works and how to get the job done. Kickoff is 7 am and we always start with a Toolbox meeting. We get this brief from our supervisors every day. We always start with a safety moment, giving us the opportunity to discuss any ongoing safety points, and ways to reduce risks. It is a great opportunity to be focused from home to work and reminds us all to stay safe in our work practices.  After this, our supervisor will allocate the tasks for the day, who is working with who, and the expectations for the day.

As a Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Apprentice, here at RDA I am involved in the construction and ongoing maintenance of the latest Heavy Vehicle Fleet for the Australian Army.

I team up with my supervising tradesperson for the day and we get to work. Today we are working on a 45M Heavy Recovery Vehicle, a large off road Tow Truck with Army requirements added. We are fitting some hydraulic pumps first up today; it’s interesting working on the different components that eventually go together to build these Trucks. On any given day, I could be involved in light fittings, hydraulics, fitting external parts, winches and more.

9:30 AM

Its Smoko time! For me first break is a cup of tea and some crackers, I love the simple things. It’s a good time to have a quick chat with everyone, talk shop, catch up on social media; relax for a bit before we head back to work.

9:45 AM

Its back to the Production Hall, the hydraulics are finalised now so it is on to mounting storage lockers on the back of the truck. We use a 15 T Gantry Crane to maneuver them into place; it requires great communication and cooperation from all involved to get this done well and safely. Once the lockers are bolted in, we work on the wiring harness and make sure the vehicle electrics are working correctly.

12:00 PM

Lunchtime! Lunch usually consists of a hot meal, which is leftover from the night before. I do a bit of cooking at home so there is always plenty to last. Once a week, I like to indulge and make use of the new cafeteria at work. Anything with bacon is a winner for me, and those bacon and egg rolls certainly hit the spot.  I am usually on my feet all day, so this is a good opportunity to put my feet up. Today I catch up with some of the other Apprentices out on our lunch benches. We compare what is happening in each other’s training. There are a few different trades happening in the RDA Apprenticeship Program so it is interesting to hear how the other trades do their thing.

12:30 PM

Time for some quality checks on some of the installation work we did this morning. We installed some cables on the winch system so we take the vehicle to the Testing area to carry out the Winch Function tests, playing out the cabling and feeding them correctly to ensure correct function when our customers need those most.

There is a bit of downtime after the testing. I use the opportunity to go over some internal training Power Points we have for some of our Vehicle systems. I have Tafe next week; I am doing my trade at SkillsTech; I have Electrical Circuits training next week so I beef up on that, but it is also good to have a look at other systems. We are also building and maintaining some Armoured Vehicles for the Army here so I often use these opportunities to have a look at those. It is great talking to the various teams about how what I am doing in my trade equates to what they are doing. I do not think there are too many workplaces you can work on trucks in the morning and infantry fighting vehicles in the afternoon.

3:30 PM

Work finishes for the day and it is time to battle the afternoon traffic. My drive home occasionally involves a quick stop to Bunnings or Repco so I can spend some time on projects when I get home. The highlight of my afternoon is coming home to my dog who is waiting for me at the gate with a smile on his face.

Daragh Carroll

5:50 AM

My dreaded alarm goes off and I crawl out of bed to start another working day.  I have a quick shower, shovel down 4/5 Weet Bix and I begin my 30-35 minute commute from Kangaroo Point to work in Redbank. With our new state of the art facility, parking is never a problem and I always get one close to the warehouse, which is always a bonus.

7:00 AM

We begin every day in the warehouse with a 7am prestart where our Manager Brendan will go through any issues from the previous day, how we performed in our duties, any safety concerns or general challenges we have to raise with him and assign everyone their daily tasks. This is a great way to start as it gets the team together first thing and if anyone does have any issues or feedback, good ideas etc. we get to air them with everyone else in the warehouse.

7:30 AM

I go to my desk and start my day of work off by checking my emails of which there are usually plenty, mostly from my fellow staff in different departments looking for parts they may have been waiting on to arrive or things they need to ship out! The warehouse is made up of many different roles in which we change every 3 months to ensure everybody gets extensive exposure and training in every aspect of the job.  At the moment my role is dealing with inbound goods and outbound also.

8:00 AM

Today there is a flurry of early deliveries, which means I am in between unloading trucks with the forklift and trying to check off what has come in already.  It is a process of checking off the paperwork to ensure everything has arrived, then figuring out what project the parts are for and where to store them in our large warehouse. After the goods are put away, I then have to do the systems work to put the goods into SAP to ensure everything is ready for when we need to pick them for our production team or to send to the customer.

9:00 AM

Dealing with both inbound and outbound, I have to try to prioritize my day so that what is most urgent gets done first.  So around 9 am I usually deal with any requests to send products out from our warehouse.  This process involves getting the digital request from our freight register then packing it to our high standards and booking the transport through our online portal.

10:00 AM

It’s the part of the morning that keeps me going, smoko time!! We have a brand new canteen recently open onsite and they have the best of everything and do really good mates rates for Rheinmetall employees.  Today I grabbed a sandwich, yoghurt and cereal bar keep the energy levels pumping!

11:00 AM

Being sat at the goods incoming area I am constantly dealing throughout the day with delivery drivers and fellow employees coming down with requests and enquiries about different deliveries, time frames etc. it honestly makes the day fly by being so busy all the time.

12:00 PM

As I am currently doing my Cert III in Supply Chain Operations my Manager Brendan will take an hour out of my work day whenever we can both spare one to go over something in the course. Today it’s the chain of responsibility section, which despite having many years in warehouse under my belt, a lot of it is new to me so it’s good to be going over some new things I didn’t know beforehand and it is definitely improving my background knowledge in the warehouse.

1:00 PM

Training over and its back to the nitty-gritty! Today Ben and I have the challenge of wrapping a Millennium Gun, which needs to be ready for transport to Melbourne. It’s basically a giant piece of artillery that sits on the top of one of our vehicles. I’m not going to lie, this is a very tricky one, but we persevere and get it done via a lot of sweat, tears and swearing!!

2:00 PM

Lunch time for me and again I succumb to the lure of our canteen’s delights! Taco Tuesday was too hard to resist! As part of the warehouse we have to be functioning at all times because of deliveries etc, so we stagger our lunches to keep the place running effectively.

2:30 PM

I try get the last of the day’s deliveries put away and entered into the system, but the clock is against me and I put some aside for tomorrow. We generally have assigned different areas that we need to clean on a daily basis, so I make sure my area is done before I leave.

3:30 PM

I am out of here, usually home by 4pm, which gives me plenty of time to have a life outside of work.

The role as a warehouse employee in Rheinmetall is a bit of a different one than previous warehouse roles I have had, but it is so diverse that no day is ever the same. It is very busy and comes with a lot of challenges, but there is a really good team culture here where everyone will help each other out when they can. Having never worked in Defence before it has taken me a bit of time to get my head around all of it to be honest and there are still days I scratch my head and think “what the”?!!  But it is a hugely exciting company to be a part of and it has plenty of ups and downs, but its one great ride!

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