Shipbuilding: a fitting career for a fitter armourer from the Army
After an extensive career in the Australian Army and Army Reserves, Ben Tranter is currently in the process of discharging – and after a decade of service, he is starting to map out his post-Army career.
Currently an Armour Fitter, Ben discovered the Naval Shipbuilding College through a former Defence colleague.
“I have a friend who recently discharged from the Army and he recommended I contact the Naval Shipbuilding College and join the Workforce Register,” Ben explained.
“I have always loved making things and there is nothing more powerful and awe-inspiring than warships. And the idea of being part of the workforce making the next generation of ships is just too good to pass up.”
After his career conversation with NSC’s Candidate Employment Consultant, Preben, Ben discovered that his skills are transferrable to Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry.
“I can visualise a long-term career in shipbuilding and I’m particularly interested in the patrol boat project based in Perth.”
When Ben joined the Reserves, he was an artillery gunner until 2013, he joined the Australian Royal Army as a Fitter.
“Being a Fitter Armourer mainly involves maintaining the small arms weapons of the Army,” Ben said.
Ben’s job also includes the maintenance of small engines, through to general fabrication and welding jobs.
“I spent 15 months at the Trade School in Wodonga, then completed one year of on-the-job training in Darwin before being posted there. I was then posted to Adelaide and was also deployed to Dubai for 5 months.”
Ben competed a Certificate III Engineering Mechanical Trade and a Certificate IV in Engineering through the Army.
“While my Trade was done through the Army, SMA Trade Group was the accrediting body at the time.”
In addition to his Trade qualifications, Ben has also worked on a broad range of equipment while in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), giving him a very wide skill set to draw from.
“Things such as accurate record and document keeping to hydraulic system maintenance to metal fabrication,” Ben said.
“These skills have set me up to step into any number of roles within the shipbuilding industry.”
Ben discussed the potential shifts in roles that occur quite often, and the skills required for such changes.
“For example, the hand skills we learn at Trade School. A good understanding of engineering principles is also a must.”
“One day we could be inspecting weapons, the next fabricating some workshop equipment and then out in the field digging pits and doing patrols.”
Ben reiterated the importance of detail and procedures.
“Attention to detail and adherence to procedures and policy are vitally important.”
When Ben reflected on what the ADF has taught him, he pondered some of the most important lessons he learnt from his time in the Army. Ben explained the importance of remaining focused when things are chaotic with deadlines looming large.
“The most important thing I believe I have learnt in the ADF is to be comfortable doing hard things, both mental and physical,” Ben said.
“The process with the NSC has been very smooth and I have already applied for multiple jobs in Australia’s Shipbuilding Industry.”
With an extensive work history, filled with a wide range of skills developed through his service in the Army, Ben’s Naval Shipbuilding future is wonderfully exciting.
“For anyone who is looking for a long-term career opportunity, I couldn’t recommend NSC enough.”
If you or someone you know are interested in knowing more about the job opportunities in Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry – from trades to PhDs – join the NSC’s national Workforce Register, so we can connect your with one of our Candidate Engagement Consultants for your confidential career conversation.