Australia comes up with pathways for Navy techs

People interested in engineering professions and careers are drawn to the Navy’s sophisticated ships, equipment, and overall capacity, but the breadth of qualifications on offer has only sometimes been apparent.

Captain Thomas Doherty, Director of Training Authority Engineering, stated that the Navy personnel were unaware of the established channels accessible to them.
According to Captain Doherty, an apprenticeship with the Navy is unlike any other.

“You will acquire a trade recognized in Australia related to your principal occupation.”
The talents could include running and maintaining various other intricate systems that keep a ship at sea, working on missile-launching systems, radars, big marine diesel, and highly complicated distribution systems that power a boat.

The Navy teaches four skills: mobile mechanics, electrical fitting, electronics and communications, and manufacturing. These can be pursued through other courses leading to an engineering degree and beyond, beginning with a certificate level three to five.

According to Captain Doherty, the Navy “offers it” to 17-year-olds who want to work as electricians, welders, mechanics, or tradespeople in electronics and communications.
The Australian Qualification Framework was the foundation for all training, making all civilian credentials current and transferrable.

When you reach the chief petty officer, “we give a whole-of-life package,” he claimed, “you’ll have a diploma in engineering.”

“For instance, consider the strong fabrication industry. This teaches you how to directly assist our ships to keep them seaworthy and work with and weld larger than five-millimetre plates like a boilermaker.

According to Captain Doherty, the very sophisticated and cutting-edge defence equipment that marine and electronic technician sailors maintained attracted them to the Navy in addition to their interest in the trade and their desire to serve.

It’s thrilling. In a civilian profession, you don’t get to work on engines of the size we do, he claimed.

Technicians were required to do maintenance when problems emerged at sea, and they did so by competent modern Australian standards.

Captain Doherty explained that when something goes wrong while at sea, “you can’t pull over and go back to the shop.”

That is unquestionably why the ship needs engineers, regardless of their level of education.
After certificate three, most Australian businesses need to provide a recognized route for continuing in a chosen trade.

According to Captain Doherty, the Navy provides pathways for senior technical sailors to earn an advanced diploma, ranging from advanced trade (certificate 4) to certification (certificate 5).

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