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Babcock launches engineering recruitment push

The global defence contractor is looking to attract a new cohort of engineers after securing over $1 billion in contracts.

The global defence contractor is looking to attract a new cohort of engineers after securing over $1 billion in contracts.

Babcock has announced the launch of a recruitment drive aimed at filling 100 engineering roles to support $1.1 billion in defence contracts.

Recent contracts include the delivery of a next-generation upgrade to Australia’s Defence High Frequency Communications System, and the management and sustainment of the Royal Australian Navy ships at Henderson, Western Australia, as the Regional Maintenance Provider West.


Other opportunities for prospective engineers include:

  • supporting submarine weaponry;
  • counter-chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (C-CBRNE), ground support equipment; and
  • work across aviation and critical services divisions.

Specifically, engineering work would range from systems and software engineering to mechanical and electrical engineering, and naval architecture.

“Babcock is a global company, with global opportunities expanding throughout Australasia,” Babcock’s acting executive director, engineering, technology and program management, Glenn Logan, said.

“To help fuel that growth, we are recruiting engineers to work on some of the most innovative and challenging projects which contribute to the safety and security of the region.

“We’re after graduates right through to experienced engineers, and Babcock’s agile working practices enable many of these recruits to work anywhere in the region.”

Babcock program engineering manager Jack Gracie reflected on his work supporting the Collins Class submarines in 2017, during which he was seconded to the UK to work on the Attack Class submarines.

“Babcock has created a unique resourcing model designed to work for its people. The approach is focused on creating more opportunities for our people throughout Babcock’s global reach of diverse and innovative programs,” Gracie said.

“It’s also a really great opportunity for graduates as they are exposed to the many varied roles here at Babcock. If they don’t love their chosen field straight away, Babcock will support them in choosing another path they might be more interested in.”

Chief technologist Karen Trezise noted the opportunities available to new recruits.  

“There’s always new challenges and problems to solve, but it’s knowing that what you develop goes into the hands of those that help defend our country — that’s what makes our job so rewarding,” she said.

“I get real satisfaction working at Babcock when I see a naval ship sailing or an aircraft flying and think, wow, I’ve had a hand in developing that capability.

“And, with Babcock’s agile approach to working, I work closely with teams across the region, and globally, often from the comfort from my own home in Melbourne.”

[Related: Babcock Australasia appoints program director]

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