Owner/Technical Specialist Craig Dixon moved to the Northern Territory with his wife, Alison in 1995 and has been living in the Top End ever since.
Originally from Merilden, in the Mid North of South Australia, Craig completed Primary and Secondary Schooling at Farrell Flat Primary and Clare High School respectively. Craig left the family farming enterprise after completing Year 12 and a gap year of contract fencing and vineyard trellising to pursue a Technical Radio Apprenticeship in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
After three years of General Service, Theory and Practical training at the RAAF School of Radio and concurrent studies for Associate Diploma of Engineering – Electronics at Western Metropolitan College of TAFE, Craig Graduated in December 1992 as a Radio Technican – Air.
Craig was awarded the coveted Governor Generals Medal for Overall Excellence and A.J. Pither Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Leadership.
Defence force discipline
In January 1993 Craig was posted to 481 Wing Avionics Support Section at RAAF Base Williamtown. Employed as an Advance Avionics Technician Craig work on Whinjeel, Machii & F/A-18 Hornet Avionics equipment. Including Communication Control Panels, HF, VHF & UHF Radios, Couplers and Antennas, Datalink, Emergency Beacons, Direction Finding Systems, Video & Voice Recording Systems, Instrument Landing Systems and Micro Minature Circuit Repair. After five years of comprehensive training and consolidation Craig was awarded a Radio Apprentice Proficiency Certificate and an Associate Diploma of Engineering – Electronics.
In July 1995, Craig and Alison moved to Katherine in the Northern Territory and have never looked back.
Employed as a Simulator Technician on the F/A-18 Hornet Operational Flight Trainer (Simulator) at 75 Squadron, RAAF Base Tindal, Craig remained here until discharging from the RAAF and moving to Darwin in 1999.
Since living in Darwin Craig has worked for Boeing Australia on large scale Satellite Receiving Station.
He enjoyed a two year contract as a Technical Trainer on the Department of Defence’s Command, Control and Intelligence Applications to Users of the Department of Defence Secret Computer Network at locations including: Larrakeyah Barracks, RAAF Darwin, HMAS Coonawarra, Robertson Barracks, RAAF Tindal and RAAF Butterworth, Malaysia.
In 2009 Craig joined Thales Australia as a Senior Simulator Technician to work on Project AIR87 – Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Flight Training Devices. The initial part of this project involved 12 months working at Thales’ Centre of Simulation Excellence at Cergy Pontoise, France.
After completing this exciting secondment Craig became the Installation Manager responsible for installing, integrating and testing the worlds most advanced Aircraft Training Devices at several locations around Australia, including: Army Aviation Training Centre, Oakey QLD and the 1st Aviation Regiment, Robertson Barracks, NT. All Flight Training Device remain in service today and form an integral part of the Army’s Aircrew training capability.
In 2010 Craig moved to ASTIB/CSE Comsource, Winnellie, NT where he worked as Communications Specialist as part of a Captive Labour Project for Conoco Philips at the Darwin LNG Facility, Wickham Point, NT and Bayu Undan Offshore Facility in the Joint Petroleum Development Area, Timor Sea.
In 2012 moved to the PowerWater Corporation SCADA and Communications Department, where he worked in the Communications Group, Installing, Maintaining and Servicing the comprehensive SDH & PDH Protection Network, UHF Radio and Microwave Network, Voice and Data Circuits, Solar and Battery Backup Systems, Power Protection . New Sub Station Facilities like Woolner Zone Sub Station, which replaced the aging Snell Street Sub Station.
Alison and Craig married way, way back in 1992 and they have two sons, Riley and Nathan who both attend Good Shepherd Lutheran College. Alison works at Bees Creek Primary School. They have been long-term residents of Howard Springs, moving to their current home in December 1998.
The Dixon Family enjoys the multicultural, outdoor lifestyle that the Top End offers. Especially the 4WD-ing, camping and fishing. We are active members of the rural community and support our lads at Southern Districts Football Club and Swampdogs Rugby Union NT.