Babcock investing heavily in its STEM workforce to meet defence and security challenges

Science and technology are at the heart of Australia’s defence capability, with engineers critical to how the nation will meet growing defence and security challenges.

Science and technology are at the heart of Australia’s defence capability, with engineers critical to how the nation will meet growing defence and security challenges.

Defence prime Babcock is investing heavily in its STEM workforce, with a range of career opportunities available to provide employees with the opportunity to serve the nation.

“The breadth of programs available to Babcock employees span exciting projects across our defence portfolio,” said Glenn Logan, Babcock’s Executive Director Engineering & Technology.

“This ranges from warship sustainment, submarine and surface ship weapon handling and launch systems, counter-chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (C-CBRNE), ground support equipment and high frequency communications defence capabilities.

“Career opportunities extend throughout the engineering lifecycle – from systems engineering to supportability and asset management – and across a broad spectrum of engineering disciplines including naval architecture, mechanical and software engineering and more.

Fatima Shafiq is a Senior Systems Engineer working on Babcock’s Enhanced Defence High Frequency Communications System (EDHFCS) program.

“I have a diverse role, which has been tailored to my skills and career aspirations. My work extends beyond day-to-day engineering and includes collaborating with internal and external stakeholders and working alongside the engineering lifecycle to apply methodologies and generate value addition for Babcock and our customers,” Shafiq said.

“Since joining Babcock, I have witnessed the business grow significantly and demonstrate a commitment to delivering engineering excellence.

“Babcock is playing a key role in inspiring future generations to pursue STEM opportunities and it is motivating to see my passion aligned to Babcock’s ambitions.”

Logan says a defence engineering career provided opportunities for individuals who are passionate about serving and protecting the nation.

“Babcock engineers are inspired to design, develop, and modify innovative offerings that directly shape and protect the communities in which they live and work.

“This provides the platform for individuals to hone their skills and identify areas for professional development and specialisation, while working on projects that help build Australia’s sovereign defence capability and ultimately help to keep the nation safe.”

Promoting career progression within Babcock is a way the company is seeking to retain and develop talent, committing to filling 50% of roles with internal talent.

In practice, this looks like active monitoring of the internal talent pool and a tailored internal talent development and career process that feeds into the engineering talent pool.

“Babcock’s engineering resourcing model provides dedicated and robust career structures that allow our people to reach their full potential,” Logan said.

Babcock also believes in having a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce to promote more accessible pathways and supportive environments in defence for those who are traditionally represented in the minority.

“It is the diversity of our engineering base which Babcock prides itself on. We are committed to being a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of wider society and to be a business that inspires and shapes the communities in which we operate,” he said.

Babcock does not mandate defence experience when recruiting, noting that skills and experiences from complementary disciplines in other industries promote greater skills diversity that strengthen capabilities.

“We are committed to broadening our resource pool, so we have a diversity of thought – different ways of looking at the same problem always lead to the best results.

“Skills found in neighbouring engineering industries—such as energy and resources—are transferable, particularly in an individual’s approach to problem solving and innovation,” he said.

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