Australian Graduate Program

The Lockheed Martin Graduate Development Program is designed to expose you to unique learning opportunities, while contributing to stimulating, groundbreaking projects.

We know it takes a diverse, collaborative and multi-skilled team to deliver our programs. That’s why we need graduates who are driven, ambitious team players who are as passionate as we are about building a better tomorrow – today.

Ready to join the Lockheed Martin team and make a difference?

Applications for our 2019 mid-year graduate development program, the January 2020 Graduate Development Program and our 2019 mid-year 6-month paid Industry Based Learning placements will be open from Monday 18 February 2019 and will close 8 April 2019.

To apply, click through to AU Careers and review the early careers vacancies listed and submit your application – we understand you may wish to be considered for several of these exciting positions, so please apply to all of the roles and locations you are interested in. We will also be attending a number of university graduate fairs around Australia and hosting online discussions regarding our graduate program, so keep an eye on our social media posts on LinkedIn for all the details.

We have graduate careers in the following areas

  •          IT
  •          Computer Science
  •          Software engineering
  •          Mechatronics/Mechanical engineering
  •          Electronic/Electrical engineering; or
  •          Other relevant disciplines.
Successful applicants will be required to obtain a defence security clearance. You must be an Australian citizen and have a 10 year verifiable background.

What our Graduate Development Program Offers:

  • A permanent role with Lockheed Martin
  • A 2-year structured Graduate Development Program
  • On the job training engaged as part of the team working on challenging and interesting projects
  • Offsite training and development days
  • Access to cutting-edge technology and thought leadership
  • A coaching and mentoring program – learn from the best!
  • Forums to engage and network with peers, SME’s and senior leadership


Meet Our Graduates

Helen Lawrence

Meet Helen, Lockheed Martin Australia’s new Graduate Software Engineer in the Human Factors team working on Australia’s Future Submarine Fleet.  Helen is currently focused on understanding the proposed design of the Future Submarine’s Control Room and looking at ways the space can be optimised for Australia’s future submariners.

“When I first heard about the Future Submarine Program, I knew this project would be great for me.  I loved the idea of being involved in such a large and complex project, and submarines are pretty amazing!  It has certainly been a wonderful opportunity to be involved so early on in the project,” said Helen. 

Helen is a South Australian local, she studied at the University of South Australia and graduated last year with a Bachelor of Software Engineering with Honours.  She joined Lockheed Martin Australia in 2017 to take up her graduate role on the Future Submarine Program.

“The job opportunities in South Australia have increased, particularly within the Naval Shipbuilding and Defence sector,” said Helen.

“Having lived all my life in Adelaide, it was my preference to find work locally.  It is exciting to be a key part of the developing defence hub here in South Australia.”

South Australia’s defence industry is a fast growing industry and a career in Naval Shipbuilding is an exciting and fast paced technological industry with plenty of opportunities for all types of roles, and disciplines.  The Future Submarine Program is a 30 plus year endeavour, with opportunities for Australians, both now, but well into the future.   

Lockheed Martin is the combat system integrator for the Future Submarine Program, collaborating with the Australian Department of Defence and Naval Group to design a combat system, maximising the involvement of Australian industry and utilising a local workforce.  Working for Lockheed Martin Australia, Helen recognized that this would be the opportunity of a lifetime.

“Working for Lockheed Martin Australia, I get the opportunity to work in a truly global company.  I am surrounded by exceptionally knowledgeable and passionate people and I am learning every day.  As a graduate placement, the Future Submarine Program is giving me the opportunity to learn with the best, while also contributing to Australia’s future defence capability.”

Learn more about Helen's job by visiting GradAustralia's Day in the Life feature

Ryan Fletcher

As a native South Australian, Ryan Fletcher is delighted to have landed his first job in his home state, a place where he has the support of his family.

Ryan is a Software Engineering Associate, working for Lockheed Martin Australia on the Future Submarine Program.

Ryan graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Adelaide in 2016, and then went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Computer Science at the University of Adelaide in 2017.  He then joined our internship program and has since joined the Lockheed Martin Australia team in South Australia as a graduate on the Future Submarine Program.

“I learnt about the first Lockheed Martin Australia internship through a job listing website and was lucky enough to be chosen for a 12-week internship. This internship allowed me to learn how to work in a professional environment and introduced me the culture of Lockheed Martin Australia.  For students I encourage you to try and find internships during your studies and keep up to date with what recruitment opportunities are available.”

Lockheed Martin is the combat system integrator for the Future Submarine Program, collaborating with the Australian Department of Defence and Naval Group to design a combat system, maximising the involvement of Australian industry and utilising a local workforce.  Working for Lockheed Martin Australia, Ryan is working in a field that interests him in a sector with a long term career path.

South Australia’s defence industry is a fast growing sector and a career in Naval Shipbuilding is an exciting and fast paced technological industry with plenty of opportunities for all types of roles, and disciplines.  The Future Submarine Program is a 30 plus year endeavour, with opportunities for Australians, both now, but well into the future.   

“As part of my internship I worked in software development, allowing me to show my current skills, this helped to place me in my current position.  My role is interesting and the work culture has also been very friendly and collaborative,” says Ryan.

“I have always been interested in the defence industry.  The Future Submarine Program offers unparalleled opportunities for career development, and the fact that it is all located in my home state, well that is a big bonus!”

Arvi Simeon

Arvi Simeon is passionate about new technologies that will improve the world, so he’s come to Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) to work on the Future Submarine Program.

Arvi is an Associate Hardware Engineer working in a team that is laying the groundwork for the development of Australia’s Future Submarine fleet.  “The program is still at its early stages, so it’s a brilliant time to join as there is much to do right now and a lot more to look forward to in the future, with lots of variety in between,” says Arvi.

“To me, those working in defence are pioneers, always first in line to explore next generation technologies. Lockheed Martin Australia’s role on the Future Submarine Program ensured they were my company of choice for future employment.  It was an opportunity that I just had to be a part of!”

Lockheed Martin is the combat system integrator for the Future Submarine Program, collaborating with the Australian Department of Defence and Naval Group to design a combat system, maximising the involvement of Australian industry and utilising a local workforce.  Working for Lockheed Martin Australia, Arvi knew this was something he ‘just had to be part of’.

Arvi completed a Mechatronics Engineering with Mathematical and Computing Sciences Degree with Honours at the University of Adelaide in 2017. He says it feels good to be working in a team with a common goal.

“From the start, I was given so much mentoring and trust from my team lead.  I was given significant responsibilities straight away and I don't plan to disappoint,” says Arvi.

“What it really comes down to is, I'm always being challenged, I'm given room to fail, successes are celebrated, and I'm always gaining something or improving myself no matter the result. I feel proud of my role, and I'm motivated to bring value to Lockheed Martin Australia.”

Finding a job like this one in South Australia means Arvi’s life goals are aligned with his work.

“South Australia is such a small and quiet place that has begun to attract big work. This means exploration of better technologies, and that is very exciting for me. Things are going to start growing very rapidly and working for a program like this one you'll be challenged to keep up with the pace, now is an opportune window for career development, especially in defence.

“Right now I've been helping with requirements management and subsystem characterisations - text book processes still fresh in my mind since graduating. As for the specifics, sorry, that's classified."