Engineers are designers and problem solvers – Naval Shipbuilding College

Engineers are designers and problem solvers

Sunday, November 22, 2020

There is an enormous range of specialised engineering careers within naval shipbuilding such as combat systems, robotics, mechatronics, artificial intelligence, designers, software mechanical, electrical, constructions and a whole lot more. 


Chad Stone has worked as an Engineer with Babcock Australasia since 2011. 


Please provide an overview of your role 

I am the Engineering Team Lead for sustainment activities, where I am responsible for managing the engineering team tasked with completing long-term refurbishment, obsolescence remediation and baseline management activities associated with the Babcock equipment fitted to the Collins Class submarines. Due to the nature of my role as well as the diverse range of skills that I have acquired over the years, I don’t really have a ‘typical’ day at the office. My work changes on a day to day basis, from producing documentation to surveying and testing our equipment in the workshop to undertaking set to work and fault finding activities on the Weapons Discharge System on board the Collins Class submarine. 


What training or study have you previously undertaken in preparation to secure this role? 

I completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Mechatronic) degree at University of South Australia. 


I spent the first year of my career as a Graduate Engineer in our Osborne office embedded within the Collins Class submarines Through Life Support team. I then had the opportunity to work in Bristol in the UK, where I provided electrical and systems engineering support to the Babcock engineering department. After a year in Bristol, I returned to Adelaide where I have spent the past six years working on a variety of projects in both an engineering and project management capacity. Since then, I have transitioned into my current position as the Engineering Team Lead for Collins Class sustainment activities. I have completed numerous engineering and project management based training courses throughout my career at Babcock to further improve and hone my skills.  


What do you love about your job? 

As an engineer I thrive on problem solving, so the complexity of the submarine systems that I am surrounded with and the work that I undertake everyday means I am continually learning new things and developing as an engineer. 


How has your role at Babcock helped you to develop both personally and professionally? 

Babcock has given me the opportunity to work on and deliver complex projects which is heavily reliant on stakeholder engagement. This has allowed my interpersonal skills to develop greatly which has had a positive impact on both my personal and professional life. 


What are the other advantages of working at Babcock for you personally? 

As a graduate fresh from university I remember the exciting and vibrant atmosphere of the Osborne facility when starting my career at Babcock. At that time Babcock Australasia was a relatively small business that only supported the marine industry. From there it has grown rapidly with offices throughout the country that support land, aviation and marine sectors. 


Due to Babcock’s global presence, I have been lucky enough to work in numerous locations across the world and make many friends doing so. 


What advice would you give to people starting their dream job? 

For anyone starting their dream job I would simply say to always push yourself and take on new challenges. 


Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years? 

In 5-10 years I can definitely see myself working in this industry, hopefully in a more senior leadership and management role where I can help shape the future of the industry by mentoring young engineers. 


What would you say to people who have similar skills to you and may be contemplating joining our industry? 

For any budding engineer, project manager or tradesperson, no matter your expertise I would recommend working in the naval shipbuilding industry as it is an exciting career that provides so much potential for both personal and professional development. 


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