Austal, which has teamed with German company Fassmer for the $3 billion project bid, has advertised 11 jobs this month, five of which are in Adelaide where the first two OPVs will be built, and also where the West Australian company has established a new design office.
The roles in Adelaide fall under production, supply chain and procurement, and human resources, with the company looking for fabrication trainers, steel fabrication supervisors, subcontract officers and a vessel construction manager.
Across the Nullarbor in Henderson, naval architects, control system engineers and a design draftsperson are being called to bolster the 650-strong team in WA.
Meanwhile, at ASC Shipbuilding in Adelaide, which has partnered with two of the three OPV contenders in Damen and Lürssen, nine jobs have been advertised this month.
Roles for a materials engineer, project managers, graduate engineers and undergraduate engineers in Garden Island, Rockingham and Henderson are available, while in Adelaide there are vacancies for a senior specialist electrical engineer, a senior strategic sourcing specialist, a procurement specialist and senior strategic sourcing specialist for work on the Life of Type Extension of the Collins Class Submarine.
An announcement on the OPV contract is expected before the end of the year, with the Pacific International Maritime Exposition in Sydney in the first week of October firming as an obvious choice for the government to announce the winner.
12 vessels will be built for the Royal Australian Navy, two in Adelaide and the remaining in WA, with construction due to commence in 2018.