The Naval Shipbuilding College (the College) has announced the endorsement of a suite of engineering courses provided by Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Western Australia.
The courses are considered vital to assist in creating a robust talent pipeline for engineering careers identified by the naval shipbuilding industry. Engineering skills and roles will be critical to the success of delivering the Australian Government’s National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.
ECU is part of the College’s national Training and Education Provider Network, which has locations in every state and territory in Australia.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the $90 billion National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise was creating long-term, highly skilled jobs for generations of workers.
“This endorsement by the Naval Shipbuilding College means students in WA can quickly and easily identify education options that will fast-track their career in naval shipbuilding,’’ she said.
“The Morrison Government has also just announced an additional six Patrol Boats for the Navy will be built here in WA, so it’s clear there’s no shortage of opportunities in our naval shipbuilding industry.’’
Chief Executive of the College Ian Irving said students who completed industry-endorsed courses across Australia would be well placed to take advantage of the careers on offer as a result of the growth of the Enterprise.
“Western Australia will play a critical role as part of the continuous National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise with substantial construction and sustainment activities occurring in the west,’’ he said.
“Construction of the 21 Guardian Class Patrol Boats is ongoing and construction of the first of the 10 Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels recently commenced at the Henderson Shipyard Precinct in Western Australia.
“These programs are adding thousands of career opportunities in Western Australia and across the country as the Enterprise ramps up and sustainment of the existing fleet continues.’’
ECU Director of Defence Research Dr Andrew Dowse said the endorsements were a positive move for Western Australia.
“A strong WA industry in naval shipbuilding and other Defence support will require an increasingly innovative workforce, with engineers having a central role,” he said.
ECU Dean of Engineering Professor Daryoush Habibi said the university’s School of Engineering had been undergoing a period of accelerated growth over the past 10 years, including substantial infrastructure investments to help graduate job-ready engineers who can serve the changing needs of industry, including Defence.
“The results are reflected in the fact that ECU is now in the top 175 universities in the world for engineering and technology,” Professor Habibi said.
The seven Bachelor of Engineering courses offered by ECU and endorsed by the College include:
Mechanical; Electrical Power; Mechatronics; Electronics and Communications; Instrumentation, Control and Automation; Computer Systems and Naval Architecture – in conjunction with the Australian Maritime College.
Endorsement provides confirmation that these courses meet the needs of the shipbuilding industry in quality and consistency for these important programs of study.
The College continues to work with its Training and Education Provider Network to identify further endorsement opportunities across other training and education disciplines within the naval shipbuilding sector to meet the required industry standards and assist in the rapid development of talent nationally.