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. These projects are:

  • Twelve new "Attack Class" submarines designed by French company, Naval Group.
  • Nine new navy frigates with anti-submarine capability, called the "Hunter Class", to be built by BAE Systems Maritime Australia. 

New Short Course:  Introduction to Naval Shipbuilding

Recently launched by Minister Price, Federal Minister for Defence Industry and SA Minister for Education, John Gardner, 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.

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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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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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