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Design, plan and build ships and submarines in Adelaide

Over the next 50 years two major naval shipbuilding projects will provide thousands of job opportunities for South Australians.

The Commonwealth Department of Defence has ordered:

  • Twelve new Shortfin Barracuda submarines designed by French company, Naval Group. The project is known as the Future Submarine Program or SEA1000.
  • Nine new navy frigates with anti-submarine capability. This is called the Future Frigates Program or SEA 5000.

Opportunities in the Defence Industry and Advanced Manufacturing

In the design phase of these projects jobs in high demand are likely to include draftspeople and detail designers; project and production planners; engineers and engineering technicians.

Detail design and drafting roles are likely to involve preparing 2D and 3D drawings and designs of the interior of naval vessels including pipework, ventilation, furniture, brackets and equipment.

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TAFE SA accreditation for Naval Shipbuilding College

TAFE SA has become the first accredited training partner of the Naval Shipbuilding College in Australia, after the College endorsed the welding component of the Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (MEM30305).

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BAE Systems Frigates win is a win for South Australian skills

BAE Systems’ selection as the preferred SEA 5000 Future Frigate tenderer will see the "Hunter class" global combat ships built in Adelaide by BAE Systems and ASC Shipbuilding, and will mean demand for shipbuilding skills will grow.

BAE held a Careers Showcase at TAFE SA’s Tonsley Campus last year and gave South Australians a sense of the wide range of career opportunities that will become available.

Careers of the future

Skilled workers will be needed in South Australia and across Australia to build and maintain:

  • New navy frigates
  • New submarines
  • Armoured vehicles
  • Communications and surveillance systems
  • Infrastructure and facilities.

This will increase demand for skilled workers who have:

  • Trade-training in welding and fabrication; electrotechnology; instrumentation and control; heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration; and other building and construction trades
  • Engineering design skills
  • Programming, electronics and cyber security
  • Laboratory operations and quality and safety monitoring
  • Logistics, purchasing and project management.

TAFE SA has a variety of qualifications that will help you gain the skills that employers need and that support what the Commonwealth calls, the ‘Workforce Behind the Defence Force’.  

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