2019 Navy Engineering Challenge fires up

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Topic(s): Naval Engineering

Electronic Technician sailors working on their team's Electronic challenge during the 2018 Engineering Challenge Competition held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: LEUT Ryan Zerbe)
Electronic Technician sailors working on their team's Electronic challenge during the 2018 Engineering Challenge Competition held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

The 2019 Navy Engineering Challenge has commenced.

The challenge invites Navy Technicians to demonstrate their professional skills and be the best they can through friendly and healthy competition.

“The Engineering Challenge showcases the Navy’s technical talent, promoting teamwork, trade skills and job planning,” said Rear Admiral Col Lawrence, Head of Navy Engineering.

Regional Electronic Technician and Marine Technician heats are set to run from 19 August until 28 September 2019 in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and South Australia.

The national competition will be held at HMAS Cerberus on 23 October 2019.

The Mechanical challenge consists of teams of five Marine Technician maintainers stripping and rebuilding a diesel engine in parallel with the servicing of an air conditioning system and the construction of an external power supply.

Each team has a refrigeration maintainer, diesel maintainer and an electrical maintainer.

The emphasis is on technical mastery, planning and teamwork, rather than the speed of the task being completed.

The electronics challenge consists of separate teams of four Electronics Technician maintainers working on the construction, modification and operation of a robot.

The operation of the robot uses both smartphone and laptop control.

The integration of a laser and camera onto the robot to simulate a fire control system will also be involved.

Minimal software programming skills are a prerequisite with the emphasis on technical application, electromechanical integration and team planning and participation.

3D printers will be introduced as an option in this year’s regionals.

Command Warrant Officer Naval Engineering, Warrant Officer Christopher Rowley said the competition would encourage innovative thinking throughout the Fleet.

“The challenge final will be a great opportunity for Navy Technical sailors to showcase their technical mastery to overcome challenges they will come across in their careers,” Warrant Officer Rowley said.

The competition has the added benefit of providing an opportunity for junior sailors to have evidence captured to acquit in their experience journals.

Challenge rules, contact details for regional co-ordinators, and supporting information can be accessed by serving members via the DRN, at ‘RAN Engineering Challenge’ on the Navy Engineering TechPort.