How They Work

The Engineering & Technology Cadetships (ETCAD) Program was launched in 2013 by Professional Cadetships Australia (PCA), an Australian company that has a proven record of placing Year 12 students with leading companies. Under previous ETCAD Programs, PCA has placed Engineering Cadets at Rolls-Royce and Technology Cadets at Macquarie Group and Westpac.

The 2018 ETCAD Program

Under the 2018 Program, Engineering Cadets have the opportunity to work at Cubic Transportation Systems and Technology Cadets will work at Macquarie Group in its Technology Division. It is possible that a second company will offer Technology Cadetships under the ETCAD Program, so watch this website for updates.

Engineering Cadets

  • Work for Cubic Transportation Systems for the duration of their degree
  • Undertake university study in electrical, mechanical, mechatronic, computer, software or industrial engineering. It is also possible to study a science degree
  • Study engineering full-time and work at Cubic during university vacations in the middle of the year and over summer

Technology Cadets

  • Work for Macquarie Group in Sydney for the duration of their degree
  • Undertake university study in computer science, information technology or information systems. Alternatively, cadets may undertake a commerce or arts degree and select information systems as one of their majors
  • In first year, Technology Cadets study full-time in Semester 1 and work full-time in the second half of the year. From second year onwards, cadets will typically study and work throughout the year

Applications for the ETCAD Program are made online to Professional Cadetships Australia.


Applications open: Monday 30 April, 2018
Applications close: Friday 22 June, 2018

To be considered for a Cadetship under the ETCAD Program, you will need to expect an ATAR of at least 86.25 (or an IB Diploma score of at least 31).

If you have applied for a Business Cadetship and are interested in technology, you may also wish to apply for a Technology Cadetship under the ETCAD Program.