Three members of Fleet Support Unit West, at HMAS Stirling in Rockingham, have completed a successful six-week secondment programme designed to develop their technical skills paving exciting developments for the future of Navy’s technical capability.
During the industry placement with Innovasys, the sailors from the Circuit Card Assembly Test and Repair Facility gained knowledge on circuit analysis and experience with the PIN POINT II Circuit Card diagnostic system.
Petty Officer Electronics Technician Christopher White, Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Paul Taylor and Able Seaman Electronics Technician Ryan Paterson took part in the initiative.
Warrant Officer Anthony Hyde said that the secondment was a great means of building long term partnerships to the benefit of the individual as well as the Royal Australian Navy.
“We have been able to strengthen and extend enterprise relationships beyond the Navy to further success,” Warrant Officer Hyde said.
The sailors were given 160 hours of face-to-face supervision with a senior engineer from Innovasys and gained considerable practical skills and confidence.
“There’s a feeling of excitement in the air - the facility will be the posting every electronic technician wants when they post ashore,” Petty Officer White said.
“The success the members have brought back has had an impact on the whole lab.”
Sailors were able to repair 25 circuit cards- a considerable achievement presenting considerable cost savings to the Navy.
They also gained exposure to the culture and daily running of a commercial enterprise.
Able Seaman Paterson said that he gained confidence from the experience.
“We are also happy to bring back many workplace changes and job role restructuring within the workshop that we believe is required for sustainability, best turn around and productivity,” he said.
From the success of this secondment, it is intended to continue the program into the future.