School of Technical Training

raaf_2016_0006RAAFSTT provides initial employment training for aircraft technical trades to meet nationally accredited aeroskills competencies. RAAFSTT also delivers post-graduate education to engineering officers and senior technicians operating in ADF aviation. The Defence Aeroskills Training Academy (DATA), a Defence contractor, works hand-in-hand with uniformed RAAFSTT personnel to deliver technical and engineering training. Both organisations work to foster and develop the right behaviours and attitudes to employment in the ADF maintenance environment.

RAAFSTT is the one of the most diverse training units in the Air Force. The School has an annual throughput of around 1000 trainees and students and is responsible for the conduct of over 25 different technical courses. Graduates of RAAFSTT maintain aircraft, aviation components, armament systems, life support equipment for aircrew and other technical equipment, in addition to managing maintenance processes at all levels.

RAAFSTT was originally formed at Wagga as Ground Training School in February 1946, was renamed as the RAAF Technical College in May 1950 and assumed its current name in December 1952. From its inception, the School has focused on delivering capable technical tradespeople to maintain Air Force’s operational edge. In its early years, the School conducted predominantly apprentice training, but was also involved in recruit, instructional and National Service training. In 1993, following the technical trade restructure, the apprentice scheme was disbanded.raaf_2016_0008

In 1996, the role of the School expanded significantly following its amalgamation with the RAAF School of Clerical & Supply Training. In 2005, this element of the School was broken away and was formed as the RAAF School of Administration and Logistics Training.

In 2013, Air Force entered a contract with BAE Systems who, together with Pennant International Group, form the Defence Aeroskills Training Academy, to deliver nationally accredited aeroskills packages in concert with the military training, contextualisation and mentoring provided by RAAFSTT personnel.

On 19 November 1971 RAAFSTT took a unique and privileged place in Air Force history by being the first unit to be raaf_2016_0021awarded a Unit Queen’s Colour. Presentation of the Queen’s Colour to RAAFSTT recognised the school’s enviable record of training thousands of servicemen and women in a wide range of specialties. The Colour is honoured as a symbol of the trust the Queen reposes in the School and as an emblem of achievement.

In June 2003 the then Chief of Defence Force, General Peter Cosgrove, recognised the efforts of RAAFSTT by awarding a Unit Commendation to the School. The award recognised the School’s exemplary reputation as a strongly tri-Service-focused training organisation, functioning in a wholly integrated fashion comprised of representatives of all three Services, the Australian Public Service and a contracted training provider.

Our mission is:

‘‘To prepare aviation maintenance and engineering personnel, ready to pursue ongoing technical mastery, in support of Australia’s Defence Force capability’

Courses conducted at RAAFSTT include:

  • Avionics Technician
  • Aircraft Technician
  • Aircraft Structural Fitter
  • Aircraft Life Support Fitter
  • Armament Technician
  • Aerospace Engineering Initial
  • Aerospace Engineer Maintenance
  • Aerospace Engineering Logistics
  • SNCO Technical Manager – Ground
  • SNCO Technical Manager – Air
  • Ground Support Equipment Technician
  • Advanced Aircraft Metal Machining
  • Non-Technical Duty Crew
  • Air-conditioning/Refridgeration Specialist
  • Trade Supervisor Principles
  • Aircraft Welder
  • CAMM2 Data Manager
  • Military Aviation Technical Training Program
  • Senior Maintenance Manager
  • Restricted Electrical Work
  • Systems Technician