The Royal Australian Navy, in partnership with Engineers Australia, is positioned to expand the leading-edge skills and knowledge of its engineering personnel, with international recognition on the horizon.
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Navy’s global credibility is set to thrive with the skills and knowledge of more engineering personnel to be acknowledged internationally. As part of the exciting new agreement with Engineers Australia – one of the nation’s top professional engineering institutes – Royal Australian Navy Senior Technical Sailors and Engineers can now receive global accreditation.
Director General Engineering – Navy, Commodore Colin Dagg, explained that this accreditation would give the workforce chartered status in Leadership and Management.
"Becoming chartered should be an aspiration of everyone involved in engineering, as it is independent recognition for meeting international standards of competency," CDRE Dagg said.
Engineers Australia is a global industry leader, setting educational and professional benchmarks for engineers around the world.
Over the last 12 months, Engineers Australia has reviewed the qualifications and certifications within Navy engineering and found Navy’s training meets, and in some areas exceeds, international standards.
Engineers Australia registrar Glen Crawley said this partnership and the ensuing international recognition shows Navy personnel are of an extremely high calibre.
Crawley added, "To acknowledge this, Engineers Australia streamlined a professional assessment pathway that validates the experience and extensive training accrued by personnel."
Following the review, the Navy Professional Development Program has been included in the Defence Engineers and Senior Technicians Recognition Agreement (DESTRA).
The DESTRA was created two years ago between the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group and Engineers Australia to provide accreditation to Defence Force Aviation Engineers and Senior Technicians.
Following its success, Navy worked closely with Engineers Australia to amend the contract so all categories of maritime engineering were included.
CDRE Dagg added, "Having more chartered members will improve our global credibility and defensibility of technical decision making, which is vital in an age of joint operations and global support arrangements."
Chartered Navy personnel will be added to the National Engineering Register of Australian engineers who meet the industry’s highest professional standard.
Ranking personnel can also apply for Fellow and Engineering Executive Status, an honour reserved for true leaders of the profession.
"Our technical personnel work hard to maintain and sustain all of Navy’s platforms to ensure we can fight and win at sea, and they deserve this acknowledgement," CDRE Dagg said.
The new partnership will help Navy remain at the forefront of the industry with members given access to a huge range of professional development opportunities.