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Royal Australian Engineers

The Royal Australian Engineers enable the Joint Force to live, move, fight and win the Nation’s battles. It provides engineering effects to the Combined Arms Teams and specialist engineering support enabling manoeuvre and survivability.

Our soldiers and leaders are called SAPPERS. We are multi skilled soldiers, combat engineers, tradesmen and engineering professionals. We provide specific enabling capabilities across the spectrum of conflict in support of combat missions, special operations, force engineering, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, capacity building, environmental and facility management, technical design, and research and development.


Locations. The Corps of Royal Australian Engineers are located throughout Australia in Combat Engineer Regiments, Engineer Support Regiments, Army Reserve Engineer Regiments and the Special Operations Engineer Regiment.


Roles. The Corps of Royal Australian Engineers offers great diversity in roles including

  • Combat Engineer
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician
  • Explosive Detection Dog Handlers
  • Carpenter
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Surveyor
  • Draftsman
  • Plant Operator
  • Works Supervisor
  • Combat Engineer Officer
  • Technical Engineer Officer
  • Combat Rescue

The Corps of Royal Australian Engineers have been at the forefront of national response since its humble beginnings as the Corps of Volunteer Engineers in 1860. From domestic and international response to natural disasters and emergencies, through to the provision of combat support to counter improvised explosive device operations, construction projects and specialist engineer capabilities, the Corps is a leading entity for the use of advanced technologies, employment of innovative thinking and an advocate for ensuring the Joint Force is Future Ready.


Through this service to the Nation, the Corps demonstrates a distinguished history of Courage, Initiative, Teamwork, Respect and Loyalty from Sappers past, present and undoubtedly into the future.


The Royal Australian Engineers corps motto is ‘Follow the Sapper’. This phrase was coined during the Crimean War (1854-56), where many of the assaults through the saps onto the Russian positions were led by Royal Engineer officers and members of the Royal Sappers and Miners. This motto signifies that Sappers lead the way and as a Corps must always be moving forward to be prepared for future challenges.


Last updated
28 February 2020
Army: Courage. Initiative. Respect. Teamwork.
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