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ASC searching for submarine apprentices

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Riley Chaplin, ASC Submarine Apprentice (Source supplied)

Applications for entry into ASC’s next highly competitive apprenticeship program for submarines are now open.

Applications for entry into ASC’s next highly competitive apprenticeship program for submarines are now open.

Apprenticeships with ASC are based on operational requirements and generally include electrical, mechanical and fabrication trades. 


ASC will appoint approximately 12 new apprentices across electrical, fabrication (welding) and mechanical trades from February next year at its South Australian and Western Australian submarine sites

Opportunities to maximise individual development on the program is supported through mentoring, supervision, training and work on some of Australia's largest defence projects. 

Apprentices can look forward to working on highly challenging assignments on Australia’s operational submarines – among the most complex military equipment currently maintained in Australia.

ASC, as part of improvements and innovations it implemented in submarine deep maintenance in recent years, routinely cuts the hulls of submarines, removing large pieces of equipment, including engines and motors, for refurbishment in specialist workshops. The hulls are later re-welded to the highest quality standards.

Stuart Whiley, ASC Chief Executive said ASC’s next apprentice intake will gain a huge range of experience across the four year program to 2023, "Our next intake of apprentices will receive thorough training in maintaining the current Collins Class fleet and, if they stay with the company, will get the opportunity to work on the build of the Future Submarine fleet in coming years." 


ASC uses a range of welding techniques and runs a welding school at ASC North to ensure its welders meet ASC’s very high quality standards, demanded by its work with the high tensile, low carbon submarine hull steel.

Eligibility requirements: 

All applicants should have required their secondary certificate or be currently undertaking this with good results in maths, English, science (physics/chemistry) and/or technical studies. 

ASC looks for key attributes, including: 

  • An interest in the selected trade through demonstrated work experience, project work at home and any relevant hobby/interests;
  • A desire to learn a range of new skills associated with the trade;
  • A commitment to self development; and
  • A commitment to quality and attention to detail. 

ASC apprenticeships are completed at a more than 95 per cent rate and lead to permanent, full-time employment. ASC has experienced strong interest since the applications were opened, with large engagement on social media and web platforms. 

All applicants must also be eligible to obtain an Australian Department of Defence Security Clearance. Applications for the submarine apprenticeships can be submitted here, applications close Sunday, 26 August. 

ASC serves Australia's naval defence capabilities, with more than 2,500 employees across three facilities in South Australia and Western Australia. ASC has evolved into Australia's largest specialised defence shipbuilding organisation, with naval design and engineering resources unparalleled within Australia's defence industry. 

Initially established in 1985, ASC was subsequently chosen in 1987 as the prime contractor for the design, manufacture and delivery of the Royal Australian Navy's fleet of Collins Class submarines. 

In 2005, ASC was awarded the role of shipbuilder for the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer project. These are the most advanced and complex warships ever built in Australia and are being constructed at ASC's state-of-the art shipbuilding facility, ASC South, located at Osborne, SA.

ASC searching for submarine apprentices
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