Recently I had the opportunity to take part in the Australian Defence Forces Work Experience Program for 2002. I chose to go to RAAF Richmond because I hope to join the RAAF when I finish school and thought that doing work experience there might give me a better idea of what it would be like to work in the Australian Defence Force.I recommend anyone who is at all thinking about joining the Australian Defence Force to get in early and put your name down for Work Experience on a base!
We got to see some of the techo's working in their various professions. It isn't all just working on aircraft and components - one person was fixing a BBQ , another was making a shower!
One of the highlights of the week was the opportunity to fly in the C-130H simulator. Not many people in my group could land the Hercules - although I did! We also got to speak to the pilots who were on base about the requirements we needed from school, how we should apply and other tips.
In the mechanical service areas we checked out many sorts of vehicles and saw most of them being stripped down to be repaired or maintained. We were treated to some spectacular landings from foreign planes such as a C-17 Globemaster landing daily throughout the week. They have come to know it as 'Mighty Mouse'! Also there were some modified C-130 aircraft from the US and a Singaporean C-130 there as well.
Overall the week was well beneficial and a great learning experience about life in the Royal Australian Air Force. It was a great learning experience for myself and the other five people that were in my group.
(If you are interested in doing work experience with the ADF, its best to get your name down early. Information packs are sent to all high school careers advisers so speak to your adviser early in the year, or call the ADF Recruiting (13 19 01) if they don't have the information)
About the Author
Joel Mortimer was a member of City of Blacktown Squadron, NSW Boys Group. Since writing this article he has joined the RAAF as an Officer Cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy and hopes to graduate as a pilot.