SEA 1000 prime contractor Naval Group has partnered with ASC to launch their inaugural graduate program, aimed at identifying and training the aspiring engineering professionals of tomorrow.
Engineering graduates will be provided with the unique chance to gain hands-on experience, training and development on the current Collins Class submarines, before being offered the opportunity to apply their new skills to Australia’s future submarines – the Attack Class, the largest and most complex program in Australia’s history.
The graduates will be employed by ASC in Osborne, South Australia, and commence a two-year program that will leverage the combined resources of ASC and Naval Group Australia, providing graduates access to the brightest and most experienced submarine engineers in Australia.
Leveraging ASC’s established and highly regarded graduate program, graduates will receive a tailored rotation plan across several submarine engineering functions and participate in structured learning and development. They will be supervised by highly experienced ASC engineers, and receive regular mentoring and reach back into Naval Group Australia.
John Davis, CEO of Naval Group Australia, explained, “Making the most of Naval Group Australia and ASC’s collective resources and recruitment programs remains a fundamental aspect to ensuring the growth of Australia’s submarine industry.”
At the successful completion of the program, the graduates have the opportunity to transition into a permanent engineering role within Naval Group Australia.
Davis added, “Graduates will benefit by having the opportunity to gain hands on experience with two world-leading organisations. Practical experience will complement the knowledge they have gained from their academic studies, which will boost their career prospects enormously.”
ASC chief executive and managing director Stuart Whiley welcomed the program where graduates will have the unique opportunity to learn from the best Australian and French minds in submarine design, build and sustainment.
“It’s an exciting time for ASC and our people to be working with Naval Group Australia and I’m confident that in continuing to work together, both Australian sovereign submarine programs will deliver for Australia now and into the future,” said Whiley.
Graduates are being sought who currently hold, or will be completed by September 2020 a minimum of a Bachelor of Engineering degree in any of the following disciplines; electrical/electronic, mechanical, mechatronics, materials, structural, aeronautical or related fields.
Naval Group will build 12 regionally-superior submarines to the Royal Australian Navy. Naval Group's successful Shortfin Barracuda design, which serves as the basis for the new Attack Class, is a conventionally-powered variant of the nuclear-powered Barracuda fast attack submarine currently under construction for the French Navy.
The 12 vessels will be built by Naval Group at a specialist submarine shipyard at Osborne, SA. The Commonwealth government’s Australian Naval Infrastructure program will support the development of the future submarine shipyards.
The Commonwealth government formally signed the strategic partnering agreement (SPA) with NAVAL Group in February 2019 ahead of confirming the final design specifications and requirements for the Attack Class submarines.
The Attack Class will enter service with the RAN at a time when 50 per cent of the world’s submarines will be operating in the Indo-Pacific region.