One step closer for the Submarine Enterprise

Published on Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author)

Location(s): Rockingham

Topic(s): Submarines (SSG)

ASC West's Engineering Manager Mr Rod Brown, with Graduate Engineer from ASC, Mr Samuel Davey, and Commander Peter Foster from Submarine Force. (photo: Unknown)
ASC West's Engineering Manager Mr Rod Brown, with Graduate Engineer from ASC, Mr Samuel Davey, and Commander Peter Foster from Submarine Force.

A new program is underway within the Submarine Enterprise, allowing a Graduate Engineer from industry partner, ASC, to complete a work placement at the Submarine Force, enhancing understanding of the capability and effectiveness of the Enterprise.

ASC's current two-year Graduate Engineering program is designed for graduates to rotate through different departments within the company. This gives graduate engineers an understanding of how the whole business operates and departments interface.  This new initiative between ASC and Submarine Force allows for an outplacement, providing the individual with valuable experience in working with the customer and learning different roles within the Submarine Enterprise.

ASC West's Engineering Manager Mr Rod Brown, initiated the outplacement with Commander Peter Foster from Submarine Force.

"I realised that this program provides a great opportunity to gain a good understanding of our customer while also showing how the work completed at ASC supports the submarine operators and maintainers," he said.

"This provides the customer engineering solutions to achieve a reliable and operational submarine."

It is envisaged that such engagement will provide junior engineers a good understanding of the operational element of the Collins Class Submarine Enterprise and build closer bonds between ASC Engineering and the technical submariners.

Graduate Engineer, Samuel Davey, who studied Naval Architecture at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston, Tasmania has been on ASC's Graduate Program for 18 months. He is now currently two months into his three month placement at Submarine Force.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here," Mr Davey said.

"It's been an eye-opening experience finding out what work takes place at Submarine Force.

"It has provided me with great insight into how the Navy and ASC work as partners within the Enterprise while also allowing me to create relationships and contacts within the Navy."

It is hoped that this experience will be the first of many outplacements in a strengthening relationship between the Navy and ASC.

The program is similar to a industry outplacement currently in place for submarine technical sailors.