Technical sailors hit the pits

Published on LEUT Ben Willee (author)

Location(s): Melbourne, VIC

Topic(s): Team Navy, Industry Outplacement Program, V8 Supercars

Tickford Racing Team Manager Chris O’Toole; Leading Seaman Marine Technician Michael Dent; Able Seaman Electronics Technician Dylan Campbell; and Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Basjon Ingold tour a Tickford Racing workshop in Melbourne. (photo: )
Tickford Racing Team Manager Chris O’Toole; Leading Seaman Marine Technician Michael Dent; Able Seaman Electronics Technician Dylan Campbell; and Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Basjon Ingold tour a Tickford Racing workshop in Melbourne.

Three Royal Australian Navy technical sailors have arrived at the headquarters of Tickford Racing for the eighth rotation of the highly successful Navy Industry Outplacement Program.

The purpose of the partnership is to provide three technical sailors with industry experience in the cutting edge and high-pressure environment of motor racing, whilst living and working as members of the Tickford Racing support team.

The three sailors this year are Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Basjon Ingold, Able Seaman Electronics Technician Dylan Campbell and Leading Seaman Marine Technician Michael Dent. 

Commenting on his first day at Tickford racing, Leading Seaman Dent said he was ready to get started. 

“We’ve just had a walkthrough of the facility and chat about what we’re expected to be doing. It’s left me very nervous and excited and I can’t wait to get my hands dirty,” Leading Seaman Dent said.

“I grew up supporting the V8s and working on cars, so this is a dream come true in every way,” he said.

Teamwork and attention to detail are essential parts of life in the Navy and the experience gained at Tickford will bring many skills back to the Fleet.

The Royal Australian Navy/Tickford Racing Industry Outplacement Program is a development program for Technical sailors which spans 12 months at Tickford Racing’s headquarters in Melbourne. 

The activities completed during the outplacement are unique and provide the opportunity for the Navy sailors to get involved with a wide range of activities including high end diagnostics in the engineering field, engine component design, production and assembly and composite materials production and assembly, just to name a few. 

Sailors interested in applying for this opportunity need to be currently serving Able Seaman or Leading Seaman with a a minimum CERT III trade qualified in their respective category. They must have a good reporting history, particular in the field of oral communication, application of job knowledge and skills, interpersonal relations and team work.

A call for expressions of interest for the 2020 program will be sent out via signal and ForceNet in April/May. 

Team Navy’s involvement with Tickford Racing commenced in 2012 and was recently extended until 2021.

For more information, visit http://www.teamnavy.com.au.