Nick Clarke


Chief Engineer

Australian Defence Force

Nick’s engineering background encompasses space, communications, weapons, electronic warfare, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance. He has worked and lived in the UK, Saudi Arabia, and Australia.

Nick is currently the Chief Engineer responsible for the design acceptance and technical certification for cutting edge equipment for the Australian Defence Force . Due to his specialist background, he has also undertaken various operational tours including Northern Ireland, Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nick is a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) (UK), and has been awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) (AUS) and the Meritorious Service Medal (USA).

How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I started with EA as part of the EA Canberra Engineering Games Committee in 2010 and that was the catalyst, I was hooked! I joined the EA Canberra Division Committee in 2013 , then became President in 2017 and served for two years.

Why did you become a volunteer?
I want to make a difference ensuring the engineers trained today meet the requirements of industry tomorrow, whilst promote engineering and supporting junior engineers. Engineering of tomorrow with the advent of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence will encompass different disciplines and require different skills. I want to ensure that these issues were taken into consideration by government, academia, and industry.

What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
It’s working with the people, volunteers, and EA staff and seeing their drive and determination to make a difference. Working with such dedicated, clever and enthusiastic volunteers across all committees / forums and EA staff has been extremely rewarding.

What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
As a Committee member along with the Canberra Division Staff, we have pursued and secured the position for a Chief Engineer for ACT. Additionally, we have managed a quantum expansion of the Canberra Engineering Games, a trial of a mentoring program, and I have been part of the Industry Advisory Board at the ANU, and represented EA at the EVO Energy – as part of the Energy Consumer Reference Council.

How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
Throughout my career I have lead and been part of many multi-disciplinary teams and have developed a clear understanding of team dynamics – this has been extremely beneficial as a volunteer. Furthermore, my defence engineering background when matrixed with the other committee members has ensured that we have subject matter experts to support EA, government, academia, industry, and defence.

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How do you balance work and volunteering?
I have an extremely supportive wife and family who have supported me throughout my career, enabling me to meet the work life balance of supporting EA, working, and having family time.

What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
It is enjoyable and rewarding work to give something back and help shape the engineers of tomorrow.

Image: courtesy of Nick Clarke