Expressions of Interest - Apprentice Fitter / Machinist

Date: 11 Jun 2024

Location: Nowra, New South Wales, AU

Company: QinetiQ

QinetiQ is a global defence and security company and employs more than 8000 people in more than 50 locations around the world. We offer our customers premier expertise in advice, services and creative technology-based products and help solve some of their most challenging problems.


Our determination to deliver and improve today and anticipate and shape tomorrow, makes QinetiQ a very exciting, rewarding and respected place to work and learn. Globally QinetiQ has four Sectors, one of which is the ‘Australia Sector’’. The Australia Sector has more than 1,200 employees operating across four countries, namely Australia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.  


Headquartered in Nowra, New South Wales, QinetiQ Air Affairs, part of QinetiQ’s Threat Representation business unit, provides targets and training services, and electronic warfare capabilities to the Australian Defence Force, in addition to aerial surveillance and reconnaissance in support of government firefighting efforts. Air Affairs owns and operates a fleet of special mission aircraft and maintains an advanced manufacturing and engineering facility providing design, manufacture and certification operations. 

We are now taking expressions of interest for a second round of apprentice fitter / machinists to join our Advanced Manufacturing Centre within our QinetiQ Air Affairs team in Nowra. This is for roles that will be starting late 2024, early 2025


We are looking for individuals keen on developing their careers as fitter & machinists within a cutting edge manufacturing facility supporting the defence industry.


As an apprentice in this diverse environment you will undertake a certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Fitting/Machining) whilst being supported by experienced trade’s people.


You will learn a variety of skills that will take you towards a career in advanced manufacturing including CNC operation. Our team are involved in the manufacture of a variety of complex and interesting products that support the delivery of threat representation services to the defence industry.


Your day to day role will see you joining a supportive team to;


  • Learn new manufacturing techniques and methods
  • Support manufacturing and fabrication of a variety of products
  • Take part in study through Wollongong TAFE
  • Learn how to Identify and rectify manufacturing faults
  • Learn how to Interpret complex engineering drawings


As our ideal candidate you will bring;


  • A willingness to learn and enthusiasm doing a hands on trade role
  • A professional attitude and excellent communication skills
  • An aptitude for mechanical systems or the willingness to learn in a dynamic environment
  • Commitment to completing all parts of the apprenticeship program
  • Desire to part of a close knit team and support the development of others


You will be provided with an opportunity to learn, develop your skills in an advanced manufacturing environment and support critical infrastructure to the ADF.


Whilst applications must be made online, confidential enquiries are welcome and may be directed to Ruth Harrison – Talent Acquisition Specialist 07 3031 0233 or email

QinetiQ conducts pre-employment screening, including but not limited to identity verification and police checks, for all preferred candidates. Candidates will need to be eligible to obtain an Australian Government Security Clearance. 


Looking for an Employer with Benefits?


At QinetiQ, our competitive remuneration and benefits package supports your evolving needs throughout your career.  You’ll share in the company’s success, and be rewarded for your own. We’ll invest in your professional development and provide an inclusive environment for you to succeed.


As the defence industry in Australia grows, it is an exciting time to join QinetiQ. What the company looks like today will be different to that of tomorrow as we navigate an ever changing world. To innovate for our customers' advantage we value the need for diversity of thought in everything we do. We provide a flexible and inclusive environment where our people can bring their whole selves to work, meaningfully contribute and have equal opportunity to succeed. We actively seek applications from people who come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Aligned with our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Reconciliation Action Plan, we also encourage applications from women, veterans and First Nations people.