Air Warfare Engineering Squadron (AWESQN) and Defence Science and Technology (DST) Research Engineering teams have shed light on science-based capability solutions the two have achieved, after being brought together through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in November 2019.
AWESQN Systems Development Flight Commander Squadron Leader Clinton Hallam said that the division gained access to important resources through the collaboration, including a larger and more advanced workshop.
“In return, we provided DST with a number of highly skilled metal machinists and avionics technicians for their technical workshop," he said.
“While still relatively new, the collaborative MOU has shown increased benefit to both organisations.”
On his part, DST leader electronic fabrication Gordon Sherlock said that the partnership streamlined requirements to satisfy client needs.
“Customers may provide no more than a concept or an idea to the technicians who then work in collaboration with the customer to develop engineering plans and products,” said Sherlock.
“The prototypes developed are suitable for proof of concept or for trials in support of ADF research and development activities.”
DST continues to provide timely, high-quality products while the AWC technicians have delivered a boost to DST personnel by providing a broadened set of skills and philosophy to DST tasking.
AWC technicians also gain access to technology and work that would otherwise be unavailable to their mustering in Air Force.
AWESQN Avionics Technician Corporal Lee O’Regan works in the AWESQN Instrumentation Maintenance and the Electronic Fabrication department within the Research Engineering Division at DST.
“I have always wanted to work on aircraft, specifically fighter jets, which I was lucky to do in Williamtown at 77 Squadron,” CPL O’Regan said.
“My career progressed to deeper-level maintenance at No. 81 Wing Combined Workshops conducting troubleshooting and repairs – this is where I developed skills working with complex electronic assemblies."