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Naval Shipbuilding College expertise leads to national roll out of new training apparatus

Shipbuilding industries embrace upskilling of Australian TAFE students.
21 January 2019
The newly developed training kit will assist students gain experience in the critical area of welding in confined spaces.

Naval Shipbuilding College ‘know how’ played a key role in creating a simple training kit which is now being rolled out by TAFE colleges around Australia to upskill students in welding techniques.


In October last year the Naval Shipbuilding College provided its first industry-backed endorsement of a welding course in Australia through TAFE SA.


The College worked with TAFE SA and specialists from Huntington Ingalls Industries, the United States’ largest shipbuilder, to deliver a training kit which would provide students with the experience to develop expertise in welding within a confined space – an essential skill within the naval shipbuilding industry.


The College’s Mark Scott said obtaining this skill would benefit both students and potential employers.


“It was through our collaboration with our stakeholders that the College identified the needs for students seeking a career within the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise to be trained in the specific area of welding in a confined space,’’ Mark Scott said.


“Working together we came up with a solution that would ensure the welding components of the Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade, would meet the future requirements of potential naval shipbuilding employers.’’


The training kit will give potential employers the confidence that students undertaking the course will possess the skills and training needed to be job ready.


While the original kit was constructed in Adelaide, Technical Assistance Packages containing the specifications and instruction for its construction, have been distributed throughout Australia.


The packages include Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings, measurements and specifications to build the training aid as well as welding procedures and reporting forms.


“We’ll be sharing this innovation with other education and training providers throughout the country, which will help to boost our national sovereign naval shipbuilding capability,’’ Mr Scott said.

The newly developed training kit will assist students gain experience in the critical area of welding in confined spaces.
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