Introduction to Naval Shipbuilding


South Australia’s naval shipbuilding projects will provide thousands of job opportunities for South Australians. Over the next three decades, Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry will build and sustain [maintenance, service and upgrades] a range of vessels for the Australian Defence Force at the Osborne Naval Shipyard, including submarine-hunting warships, Collins Class and AUKUS submarines.

Ahead of increasing demand for workers to join Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise, this 4 week (3-5 hours per week) self-paced online micro-credential course aims to familiarise you with multiple aspects of Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry.

The Introduction to Naval Shipbuilding course will help you prepare for employment in the industry by introducing a range of key concepts, terminology, vessels and ship systems which are beneficial for new employees working in the industry and those starting out.

This course is licenced from the Department of Defence and contains quizzes, videos, illustrations and chat opportunities to help you engage with the material and other students as you progress through the course.

- Anyone keen to diversify their career into the naval shipbuilding industry

- Self-paced. Approximately 4 weeks part-time (3-5 hours per week)
- An Acknowledgement of Training will be available upon successful completion of the course requirements
- Online
- Start dates. Start anytime and study at your own pace.

The following topics will be covered:
1. Importance of naval shipbuilding in the mission of the Royal Australian Navy.
2. Naval vessels and shipbuilding.
3. Understanding the customer and the end user.
4. Making sense of naval shipbuilding.
5. Speaking the language of naval shipbuilding.
6. General systems and components of naval vessels.
7. Working safety and protecting the environment.
8. Conclusion and where to now?

Upon completion of this micro-credential you will be able to:
- Understand the importance of naval shipbuilding within Australia
- Understand basic concepts and terminology within naval shipbuilding
- Identify general systems and components of naval vessels
- Understand basic safety requirements of working within the industry
- Understand and prepare for potential job opportunities within the sector

TAFE SA micro-credentials are designed by industry experts to offer in-demand skills and expertise in our ever-changing world. Courses are delivered entirely online, with the ability to connect with your instructors online. All our micro-credentials are designed to offer the latest industry skills and insights and can be completed at your own pace in the space of days to weeks. Once complete, you’ll gain a Statement of Attainment as evidence of your new skills and knowledge.

The course introduces students to the complex technical language found in the naval shipbuilding industry.

  • As this is an online course, you will need a personal computer with internet access and speakers to watch video content. In some activities optional audio responses require the use of a microphone.

Short Course Delivery Locations Some short courses can provide accreditation for industry-specific registration, while others merely provide skills and knowledge in the subject area. Concession prices are available for some courses.



Class Times
This course is self-paced and not facilitated. Continuous enrolments until 5 July 2024.
Student Visa (500)

Current VISA holders eligible


Registrations between 20 November 2023 and 21 January 2024 will commence the course on 22 January 2024.



$295.00 GST inc

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