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Project Management Roles

There are a variety of jobs available to support the project management of some of the world’s largest and most complex engineering programs.

Careers within project management involve maintaining and improving existing internal and external programs within an organisation. If you’re good at setting goals, planning and communicating with others this may be the career for you.

Supply Chain roles

With up to $183 billion worth of investment in the industry, roles in supply chain will be integral to the success of the programs.

These roles involve working with smaller businesses to acquire goods and services for the major shipbuilding companies. Roles in this area focus on the purchase, contracts, warehousing and logistics of these goods.

Quality roles

Quality management is about making organisations perform for their stakeholders and the pursuit of excellence.

A career in this profession is multi-faceted and exposes you to a variety of management systems, tools and practices.

Trade roles

Tradespeople and apprentices are also in high demand in Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry. Trades are critical to shipbuilding – they do everything from constructing the hull through to manufacturing and installing the electrical and piping components within.

Engineering roles

Over the coming years, engineers will be in huge demand. The shipbuilding industry relies heavily on many engineering disciplines to solve complex challenges across the design, plan, build, test and maintenance of ships and submarines.

Careers within engineering include electrical and electronics engineer, mechanical engineer, software engineer, combat systems engineer, systems engineer, structural engineer, designer, naval architect, engineering manager and ILS engineer.

If you have studied an engineering discipline and/or have experience working as an engineer in Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry or adjacent industries like Oil & Gas, Power, Water, Construction or the Australia Defence Forces, this may be the career for you.

Support roles

Just like any organisation, shipbuilding companies need support staff to run the day-to-day operations of the business. Consider the opportunities available in Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry to grow your career.


Program Manager

As the program manager you are responsible for the delivery of key programs within industry standard frameworks.

You will lead collaboration with stakeholders to build strong relationships in complex environments and undertake a joint approach to solve complex deliverables.

Project Manager

As a project manager you have responsibility for overall project outcomes and utilisation of a range of tools and methodologies to drive efficiency and on-time delivery.

You will use your highly developed organisation, prioritisations and relationship skills to manage a series of activities to accomplish a goal within a start and end date.

Project Scheduler

As a project scheduler you will be responsible for creating and managing organised records of work activities. Your job is integral to contributing to increasing work efficiencies and processes and coordination of production tasks.

You will possess advanced organisational and communication skills, with an ability to think logically and problem solve and have excellent attention to detail. Your ability to carry out multiple tasks with competing priorities and deadlines, coupled with a strong understanding of supply chain management, makes this the perfect job for you.

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Purchasing Manager

As a purchasing manager in the shipbuilding industry you will establish and maintain industry best practice procurement processes and methodologies to demonstrate value for money outcomes.

In addition, your ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with key internal stakeholders and suppliers to effectively and proactively improve performance and accountability will be a key attribute to success.

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Purchasing Officer

As a purchasing officer you will be responsible for administrative duties associated with purchasing key components and services for some of Australia’s largest engineering programs.

Your solid relationship management skills, demonstrated through coordination and liaison with internal and external stakeholders will be paramount to your success.

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Subcontracts Administrator

As a subcontract administrator your duties, within the delegated authority, will have a focus on customer service, risk management and obtaining value-for-money outcomes.

You will lead the development of solicitation documentation, conduct tendering and evaluation activities and establish and implement contract management frameworks in accordance with current best practice and corporate governance framework.

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Quality Control Analyst

As a quality control analyst you are responsible for developing and implementing high quality testing standards, reporting, processes and recommendations to meet project objectives.

Working closely with project colleagues your strong interpersonal skills will support the implementation and delivery of quality products and services.

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Quality Dimensional Control Manager

As the quality dimensional control manager you will develop and document clear sampling requirements for testing, commissioning audits and verification.

You will also develop and document clear sampling requirements for design audit, verification & benchmarking checks across various portfolios.

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Quality Control Surveyor

As a quality control surveyor you undertake survey activities, inspections, witnessing, process/weld audits and review of quality documentation and provide third-party independent inspection of product or services.

You will also mentor, develop and train other team members ensuring the sharing of knowledge and lessons learnt to increase team capability and experience (i.e. CMM, laser scanning etc.).

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Quality Control Inspector

As the quality control inspector you provide non destructive testing services to production, engineering and maintenance departments for the assessment of compliance or fitness for purpose of various naval related components and structures.

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Quality Control Manager

As the quality control manager you are responsible for developing and documenting clear sampling requirements for testing, commissioning, audit and verification across various products and services.

Working closely with project colleagues your strong interpersonal skills will support the implementation and delivery of quality products and services.

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Electricians are responsible for installing, repairing, replacing and maintaining wiring and control systems on board naval vessels, as well as identifying, testing and resolving electrical issues.

They apply knowledge and skills in all areas of the ship – from power generation and distribution systems to lighting equipment, machinery control panels and data and communications networks.

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Welders specialise in assembling components and metal structures with great precision through heavy metal, light metal and pressure welding processes (TIG, MIG and manual metal arc welding).

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Sheet Metal Worker (Light Fabrication)

Light fabricators use specialised equipment to cut, form, shape and weld thin sheets of metal into ducting, ventilation, systems and fuse boxes.

They also install and assemble these components within a vessel, creating and using brackets and metal hangers.

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Boilermaker (Heavy Fabrication)

Working in purpose-built shipyards and using a variety of welding and fabrication technologies, Heavy Fabrication Trades-people perform high-quality cutting, shaping and bending of metal plates to assemble the components that form the body of the vessel, including hulls, bulk-heads and pipe spools.

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Mechanical Fitter

Mechanical Fitters use tools and engineering techniques to fit, fabricate, repair and assemble the machinery and systems that the ship requires to operate effectively. These critical systems might include fresh water systems, sea water systems, fuel and oil systems and compressed air systems.

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Machinists use machine tools such as lathes, milling machines and grinders to create precision metal parts. Machinists may program and troubleshoot computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines, which can create complex precision components, sometimes made of exotic metals.

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Pipefitters perform some of the most precise work in the shipbuilding industry. They work on all phases of shipbuilding
to install complex piping systems. Pipefitters are trained in the fundamental skills and techniques of piping fabrication, installation, inspection and testing.

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Drafters work alongside engineers, using 3D modelling programs or drawings to create diagrams and layout plans, ranging from large parts of vessels to the smaller intricate details. They also assist in redesigning plans/products to improve functionality.

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Electrical Engineer

As an Electrical Engineer you are responsible for designing, developing, testing and supervising the manufacture of electrical equipment such as power distribution, electric motors, sensors and navigation systems, communications systems and power generation equipment.

You will consult with industrial designers and architects while supervising construction plans and specifications to ensure work meets safety and operational standards; prepare and interpret specifications, drawings and regulations for the use of electric power equipment; and design and produce drawings of electrical systems using computer-aided design (CAD).

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Electronics Engineer

As an Electronics Engineer you are responsible for designing, implementing, maintaining, and improving electronic instruments, equipment, facilities, components, products, and systems on board naval vessels including solid-state physics, radio engineering, telecommunications, control systems, signal processing, systems engineering, computer engineering, instrumentation engineering, and electric power control.

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Mechanical Engineer

As a Mechanical Engineer you are responsible for research and development, engineering design, production, operation and maintenance of machinery.

Your will use your knowledge of mechanics, thermodynamics and materials science with the ability to use computer aided design (CAD) programs and project management skills to deliver products.

Key tasks include the analysis of problems, designing of mechanical tools and equipment, developing and testing prototypes and supervising manufacturing processes.

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Software Engineer

As a Software Engineer you are responsible for researching, analysing and evaluating computer programs to ensure smooth and efficient operation; identifying technological limitations and problems in existing systems, processes, procedures or operating methods; testing, debugging, diagnosing and correcting errors and faults in applications programming language so programs and applications run to specifications.

You will be accountable for designing and developing effective software solutions to meet requirements; and writing program code and meeting system requirements with designs and technical specification in accordance with quality accredited standards.

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Combat Systems Engineer

As a Combat Systems Engineer you are responsible for the application of engineering techniques integral to the architecture, integration and modelling of combat systems including above water and underwater sensor systems, warfare systems and its ammunition, navigation systems, communication systems, command and control systems, data processing systems, and electronic warfare systems.

You will create complex test scenarios of electrical and mechanical systems, and undertaking analysis of statistical results; managing suppliers, ensuring correct specification, implementation and verification of products and interface requirements are met; installing complex electronic equipment within a highly constrained physical environment; and ensuring supplier data is correct and recorded within a central data repository.

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Systems Engineer

As a Systems Engineer you will have a background in mechanical, industrial or electrical engineering, with well-developed problem solving and risk-analysis skills and knowledge of computer science, engineering and mathematical analysis.

Systems engineers develop frameworks within which to define, analyse, build and maintain complex systems to provide solutions to technical problems. You will maintain the security of the system, ensuring there are backup and redundancy contingencies in place and overseeing system functionality and identifying improvement opportunities.

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Structural Engineer

As a Structural Engineer you are responsible for analysing, designing, planning, and researching structural components and structural systems to understand and calculate the stability, strength and rigidity of naval vessel structures and to achieve design goals. The structural designs are integrated with those of other designers such as naval architects.

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As a Designer you will use computer-aided design software and 3D modelling tools to design technical drawings, diagrams and layout schematics to illustrate workflow.

You will be responsible for preparing and reviewing rough sketches and gathering product and structural requirements and specifications alongside engineering team members, identifying potential operational issues and redesigning products to improve functionality, ensuring final designs comply with regulation and quality standards, and create manuals that describe shipbuilding products, operation, features and maintenance.

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Naval Architect

As a Naval Architect you are responsible for basic and applied research, design, development, design evaluation and performing ship design calculations during all stages of the life of a marine vehicle such as preliminary and detailed design, construction, trials, operation and maintenance, launching and dry dockings.

Naval architecture also involves the formulation of safety regulations and damage control rules and the approval and certification of ship designs to meet statutory and non-statutory requirements.

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Integrated Logistics Support Engineer

As an ILS (Integrated Logistics Support) Engineer you are responsible for identifying specific operating, engineering, maintenance, supply and training support resources, concepts and requirements needed for mission system and significant support system components.

Support resources typically include facilities, equipment, personnel, processes, technical data and manuals, and logistic information management systems.

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Support roles include:

  • Communications
  • Cyber Security
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Legal


These roles have a wide range of pathway options, speak with one of our consultants to develop a career plan in shipbuilding that best suits you.

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