Chartering a course for submarines and destroyers
In this day and age, engineers need to stand out from the pack if they want to score the top jobs. This is where becoming Chartered gives you the competitive edge and you get to work at places like the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance in South Australia.
Activation Engineer at ASC Shipbuilding, Marcelo Botelho, knows the value of being Chartered every day he goes to work. At ASC, engineers are at the top of their game, where the company builds and maintains Australia’s Collins Class submarines and is the shipbuilder for the Hobart class AWD program.
The AWD Alliance in Adelaide’s Techport is where highly skilled engineers - and those who want to be - are heading for work as the burgeoning hub becomes home to more and more international technology companies working in defence.
Becoming Chartered like Marcelo shows that you’re globally recognised by industry, governments, your peers and the community as a highly skilled professional who has the ability to exceed expectations.
Marcelo said all engineers and technical personnel at ASC are aligned to meet Navy Technical Regulatory System (NTRS) requirements. There are an estimated 200 or so engineers in the organisation, across a range of disciplines including mechanical, electrical, structural, mechatronics and materials. Engineers within ASC are encouraged to attain Chartered status, with the current figure standing at around 40%.
“[This is] for the business to support engineering delegations’ requirements that connect to the NTRS, the technical team must attain Chartered recognition in their respective areas of practice and engineering competency,” Marcelo said.
This means that ASC’s engineering team can undertake tasks under engineering delegations, according to Marcelo, as “competent, authorised individuals that can act as members of an authorised organisation whose work is certified as correct”.
Image: The Hobart destroyer starts Builder’s Sea Trials. Source ASC.