Engineering sailor certified for gas turbine expertise

Published on PO Ann-Maree Anderson (author)

Topic(s): Naval Engineering

Director General Engineering (Navy), Commodore Colin Dagg (right), congratulates Warrant Officer Nigel Jeffers on earning the Warrant Grade 2 for his expertise in marine gas turbines. (photo: Unknown)
Director General Engineering (Navy), Commodore Colin Dagg (right), congratulates Warrant Officer Nigel Jeffers on earning the Warrant Grade 2 for his expertise in marine gas turbines.

For the first time in the history of Navy’s Marine Engineering branch, a sailor has been granted a warrant to provide expert advice in their specific field of engineering as a ‘Technologist Warrant Holder Grade 2’.

In being granted the warrant, Warrant Officer Nigel Jeffers has been recognised as one of Navy’s suitably qualified experts on gas turbines.

Director General Engineering, Commodore Colin Dagg congratulated Warrant Officer Jeffers on the significant achievement.

“The title of ‘Technologist Warrant Holder Grade 2’ is an esteemed one, with the successful candidate having completed advanced training and having applied that training in at least eight years’ of experience within their specific area of technology,” Commodore Dagg said.

“Navy Warrant Holders are recognised Subject Matter Experts within specified engineering areas or technology fields.

“This enables them to provide specific, elemental advice on matters that may be used to support Principal Engineers, or other formulating advice for executive authorities,” he said.

Prior to Warrant Officer Jeffers being awarded his warrant, it was common practice for Navy to seek complex expert advice relating to marine gas turbines from people or organisations outside of Defence.

Now, Warrant Officer Jeffers can be sought out to provide this specialist advice.

He said he applied for the delegation because he knew he’d be able to provide expert advice on marine gas turbines across all phases of the capability life cycle, to a range of organisations within the Naval Enterprise.

“It also recognises my skillsets at Technical Mastery level five within the Navy Engineering Career Continuum and will hopefully encourage others to continually enhance their technical skillsets.

“As an experienced member of the Naval Engineering community, I hope to continue to help foster and grow engineering talent within Navy,” he said.