With a love of sailing, Alec decided to undertake some maritime qualifications during high school. He did this through a VET course at the Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy, which sparked his dream of a future career in maritime.
After high school, Alec went on to complete a Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) with Honours, graduating at the end of 2020.
“I studied for the first two years at Flinders University in Adelaide, and then completed the remainder of my degree in Tasmania at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston.”
Alec joined the National Shipbuilding College’s Workforce
Register in 2019 while he was still at university. He connected with the NSC
again at career expos that were held at the Australian Maritime College.
Alec says that NSC has been extremely supportive during his studies.
I had my initial career conversation with NSC’s Candidate Engagement Consultant Trish and while I was studying, we had regular follow-up discussions about how I was progressing.
Alec, like all national Workforce Register employment candidates, received weekly update emails about current jobs on offer across Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry.
In one these weekly NSC Job Alert emails, a specific opportunity caught Alec’s eye. It was a specialised graduate program intake at ASC, which has been made available through a collaboration partnership between Naval Group Australia and ASC.
Alec applied and successfully secured the position of Graduate Engineer with ASC.
ASC Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Stuart Whiley says, “This unique program gives graduates a fantastic opportunity to learn from Australian and French experts in submarine design, build and sustainment. By working together, our organisations are equipping the submarine engineers and naval architects of the future with the skills to deliver on both of Australia’s sovereign submarine programs.”
Naval Group Australia General Manager Human Resources Rachel Botting adds: “Naval Group Australia is offering fantastic opportunities, with the ability to grow and develop your career over the 50-year life of the Attack Class program.
“These sorts of pathways and partnerships are helping the budding submarine workers of today get the skills and experience they need to help us build 12 new submarines that will be tailor made for Australia’s unique needs.”
Alec started in his new role in November 2020. He’s already drawing on the skills he gained through his study and is keen to build a long-term engineering career in shipbuilding.
“Critical thinking, problem solving skills, interpersonal skills, a willingness to improve and learn through asking questions, as well as listening to feedback are all critical to being a Maritime Engineer.”
I enjoy working in analytical-based engineering and I hope to continue growing and developing my professional engineering skills and knowledge.
Alec says he’s looking forward to gaining a deeper understanding of some of the engineering systems onboard a submarine, while undertaking the unique program at ASC.
Alec encourages those considering an engineering career in shipbuilding to reach out the NSC about job opportunities.
“Where possible, try to get some exposure to Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry and see if it is right for you – and if so, then definitely go for it.”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. We can connect your with one of our Candidate Engagement Consultants for your confidential career conversation - www.navalshipbuildingcollege.com.au