Recognising technical skills and knowledge of Navy’s engineering community

Published on Ms Kerrie Moore (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, WA

Topic(s): Naval Engineering

Director General Engineering - Navy, Commodore Colin Dagg, CSC, RAN, at a Navy Engineering Career Continuum Go-Live event held at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Ronnie Baltoft)
Director General Engineering - Navy, Commodore Colin Dagg, CSC, RAN, at a Navy Engineering Career Continuum Go-Live event held at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

The first Mastery assessment cycle has started for the Navy Engineering community.

With the new Engineering and Technical Mastery assessment processes, supervisors can now gain a better understanding of their officers’ and sailors’ knowledge and skill sets as well as any areas that require development. The assessment allows officers and sailors the ability to take ownership of their Mastery development.

Lieutenant Commander Matt Gooda views the Mastery assessment processes as “a tool for us to, one: steer our careers, and two: give high quality advice and mentoring to our subordinates.” 

“Members of the engineering community can take charge of their careers as well.

“For me as a leader and a manager, it gives me direction and it gives me confidence in the skillsets of my people,” LCDR Gooda said. 

In November, all Engineer officers and technical sailors were required to complete a base Engineer Mastery Assessment or Technical Mastery Individual Assessment (TMIA). The TMIA provides for a measurement of base line skills sets so command can understand the Engineer and Technical Mastery level of the Navy Engineering workforce. 

With that now completed, Engineer officers and technical sailors have now started their first full Engineer Mastery or Technical Mastery assessment cycle.

The Mastery assessment cycle begins with part 1, booking in time with a Mastery Mentor to agree on Engineering and Technically focused goals. During this discussion, individuals have an opportunity to lay the foundations for their Mastery development, through discussing their ambitions, expectations, previous work experience and their current Engineer Officer Competency Framework proficiency or Technical Mastery level (obtained from the baseline assessment process). 

This discussion will result in three-five personalised SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound) goals, which focus on the development of Engineering or Technical Mastery.

For Navy members, get started now
Download AE833 (Engineer Officers) or AE832 (Technical Sailors) from the DRN and begin your first Mastery assessment process. Kick off the process by completing part 1, which includes completing the personal, Mentor and Reviewing Mentor’s details and booking in time with your Mentor to have a Goal Setting Discussion.

Need help?
For more information or support, you can review the dedicated NECC website on the DRN, or contact the NECC team at NECCcorro@drn.mil.au.