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Shipbuilding just too good to resist

Discover why Richie got off the bus and onto the naval shipbuilding wagon
31 March 2020
Richie Van Bochove at his new ASC office at the Osborne Naval Shipyard, South Australia

The lure of working with world-leading technology, in shipbuilding, which also offers long term job security was irresistible for new ASC designer and drafter, Richie Van Bochove.


After completing a four year apprenticeship and then an advanced diploma (part-time over six years) with TAFE SA, he quickly advanced to the role of chief mechanical designer in the transport industry.


When submarine builder ASC began advertising for designers and drafters, Richie didn’t hesitate to apply.


“I had enjoyed my role with my previous employer and they were disappointed that I was moving on, but the opportunity to join the naval shipbuilding industry was too good to resist,’’ he said.


“Naval shipbuilding is a booming industry and when I kept hearing about the contracts being signed by the Government, I knew this would be a job for life. There is a lot of work going on right now and it’s just going to keep growing.


“As far as I am concerned naval shipbuilding is the future for people in my line of work.’’


The computer programs and technology used to work on the Collins Class Submarine sustainment are extremely advanced – and need to be – to cope with the tens of thousands of different parts that make up a modern submarine.


“Working with these programs every day is improving my skill set and something I will keep for life,’’ Richie said.


“The opportunity to learn and work with these programs is unique within the Defence industry. If people want to work with the best technology in the world, this is where they have to be.’’


According to Richie, the job requires constant attention-to-detail, which helps with the development of advanced skills and an understanding of best practice design techniques.


“It was a little daunting after I finished school to navigate my tertiary education pathway, but I found my way through eventually,’’ he said.


“If the Naval Shipbuilding College’s Workforce Register was around when I was trying to work out the best study and training options for me, I would have joined up in a flash.


“I think it provides a big advantage for people who want to get into the Defence industry, either right now or down the track.


“For me, I’m really looking forward to new opportunities at work and just being a part of this evolving industry.’’


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