Create future technologies with us.
Rheinmetall Defence Australia recognises the strategic value in investing early in the future of our workforce, which is why we are ideally placed to launch and develop early talent. We ranked #91 in the GradAustralia Top 100 Employers of 2023 and scored best in the Defence Industry in the categories of Culture (4.8 out of 5) and Work–Life Balance (4.9 out of 5) as ranked by our graduates.
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Rheinmetall Graduate Program
Our graduate program provides a platform to launch careers in the defence industry, providing a strong technical foundation through mentoring, technical rotations and development programs while offering opportunities to work on innovative projects and future technologies.
All graduates are offered permanent positions from the outset, and we have two main intakes in January and July (however we are able to accommodate other start dates).
Our week-long Induction Program provides an in-depth introduction to our business and projects.
Rotations give graduates exposure to a variety of teams, projects and locations providing them an understanding of the potential career pathways available.
Mentoring and support is provided to all graduates, with peer mentors who help them settle in and technical mentors who guide their development and provide career direction.
Development is a focus at all stages of our employee’s careers but particularly early on from a technical, safety and professional standpoint.
To learn more about where your career after university can go with Rheinmetall, check out our Graduate Stories on Prosple
Rheinmetall Summer Internship Program
The Rheinmetall Summer Internship Program is the perfect foot-in-the-door to the tight-knit defence industry in Australia. We provide paid work experience to students who are currently in their penultimate or final year of undergraduate study and the program is the primary pathway into our Graduate Program.
Offered from November to February, the program provides students with hands-on experience, challenging real world projects, professional development opportunities and structured performance feedback. It also gives students the chance to determine their interest in the defence industry, and gives Rheinmetall an opportunity to make early offers for the following year's graduate positions. Many of our interns also continue working part time during their final year of university, studies permitting.
We are considering applications from students in the following disciplines:
- Engineering (Mechanical/Mechatronics, Electrical, Software)
- Commercial, Finance, Procurement
- Cyber Security
- Human Resources
“I’m part of an engineering design team working on armoured military vehicles. I have to work with various stakeholders in the project, including electronics engineers, senior mechanical engineers within the design team, as well as the manufacturer.”
Graduate Design Engineer (Mechanical) at Rheinmetall Defence Australia
"I love being able to rock up every day and work with technology that others don’t even know exists. I love feeling like I have made a difference; when we win a bid, knowing that I have created work for hundreds of my mates in the production and engineering buildings, and knowing that we are keeping soldiers safe in the process."
Contract and Commercial Graduate at Rheinmetall Defence Australia
"I choose to bear responsibility in my role, because I like to get tasks done quickly and efficiently and have accountability in my work. You can set your own pace being a graduate at Rheinmetall. RDA is happy for you to just learn and take things in and partner with more senior engineers if that is what you want to do."
Graduate Software Engineer at Rheinmetall Defence Australia
Margaux EdwardsJob Title: Student Engineer (Research and Development)
University attended: Queensland University of Technology
Degree qualification: Bachelor (Honours) of Mechatronic Engineering
Year of graduation: TBC (Mid 2024)
Raeph MasonJob Title: Student Design Engineer – Survivability & Lethality
University attended: University of Queensland
Degree qualification: Bachelor (Honours) of Mechanical Engineering
Matthew ArmanascoJob Title: Electrical Engineering Student
University attended: University of Southern Queensland
Degree qualification: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic) / Bachelor of Science (Physics)
Year of graduation: 2023