A group of Boatswains Mates from various RAN units around Australia recently completed a Statement of Attainment in Surface Preparation and Coating Application at Fleet Support Unit West (FSU-W) Surface Finishing Unit HMAS Stirling.
The training was an intense four-week course run in conjunction with South Metropolitan TAFE WA, and provides the latest industry standard to ensure Navy can provide increased capability to the fleet in this area of maintenance and repair.
Course participant Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Jacob Webber said the course gave him a breadth of knowledge which will be of great value to Stirling’s FSU.
“I feel I have gained a specialist skill set that will enable me to produce high quality work by using sound industry techniques in a safe and productive manner,” he said.
“This course gave us the chance to undertake training by civilian industry leaders in fields related to our role in Fleet Support Units, and also to obtain skills that can be recognised and utilised outside Navy.”
The course, which is the first of two to be delivered at Stirling, was designed by Surface Finishing OIC Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Michael Knott in conjunction with South Metropolitan TAFE.
“TAFE WA was very receptive to the idea of collaborating with Navy and once we met with the instructors and outlined the modules that needed to be covered within the course curriculum, it was quite a smooth process to organise,” he said.
“Working with an outside agency like TAFE WA ensures quality training to industry standards, and ensures we turn out quality work equal to, if not better than outside industry.
“Students enjoyed the high degree of interaction with the TAFE WA instructors and overall found it to be a highly informative professionally run course.”
The Statement of Attainment in Surface Preparation and Coating Application course will be conducted twice a year at HMAS Stirling, enabling further Navy personnel the chance to obtain this specialist skill set.