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Defence industries: the workforce behind the defence force

As the number of major Australian defence projects increase over the next decade, the demand for highly skilled and industry ready employees is on the rise.

Careers in the defence industry are varied with long-term, rewarding and promotional opportunities available. Job roles include engineering, cyber security, virtual/augmented reality developers, human resources, design, electronics, and project management.

TAFE SA is committed to help grow the workforce behind the defence force by delivering courses that provide the in-demand skills for people to work in this remarkable industry.

Whether you are at school, looking for a career change, or job seeking, TAFE SA offers a range of relevant qualifications to help you achieve your career goal.

Design, plan and build ships in Adelaide

Over the next three decades, Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry will be building and sustaining (maintenance, service and upgrades) a range of vessels for the Australian Defence Force at the Osborne Naval Shipyard, including submarine-hunting warships and Collins Class submarines. Through the Hunter Class Frigate Program, BAE Systems Australia’s maritime division will build nine world-class anti-submarine warfare frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.

These major naval shipbuilding projects will provide thousands of job opportunities for South Australians.  You could find yourself working in larger companies such as ASC Pty Ltd, Austal Australia, BAE Systems Maritime Australia, Lockheed Martin Australia, and Saab, or a small-to-medium one who supply goods and services to the programs.

You don’t need to join the Navy or wear a uniform to work in the naval shipbuilding industry, the industry is broad and covers a huge range of in-demand jobs and skills, from design to engineering and production.

Introduction to Naval Shipbuilding short course

The Introduction to Naval Shipbuilding short course aims to familiarise you with multiple aspects of the naval shipbuilding industry in Australia.  This 4 week (3 – 5 hours per week) self-paced online course introduces a range of key concepts, terminology, vessels and ship systems useful for new employees working in the industry.

TAFE SA offers an online course called Introduction to Naval Shipbuilding

Defence industry webinar

Watch this webinar to learn more about the defence industry and the career opportunities available. 

Whether it’s a job in the space sector, cyber security, big data, ship building or trades, you’ll hear from a group of highly-skilled industry professionals to discover the emerging opportunities and training options available within each sector.

Explore your studies in 3D!

The virtual environment of a ship’s engine room provides invaluable context and builds your understanding of the complex systems and constraints that need to be taken into account when designing naval vessel interiors. TAFE SA and Odyssee Aus Engineers developed this new digital learning opportunity for our students and those interested in the naval shipbuilding industry.


Interested in a career in the Naval shipbuilding industry?  

Use our three-dimensional exploration of an Oberon Submarine to find out how your skills and knowledge from the Diploma of Engineering - Technical (MEM50212) qualification may be used in the Naval Shipbuilding Industry. 

We would like to acknowledge our partnership with the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney and thank them for providing access to their submarine to create this three-dimensional environment for TAFE SA and our students.  

Aust National Maritime Museum

To navigate around the environment, hold down your left mouse button to move and click to view details on a PC, or tap the symbols on a mobile device. 

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Careers of the future

Please click on the image below to view full details for Naval shipbuilding career opportunities in trades, engineering, electronics and cyber.


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