ASC Shipbuilding's highly skilled workforce has been building complex and highly capable surface naval vessels for the Royal Australian Navy for the past 10 years.

BAE Systems Australia acquired ASC Shipbuilding to deliver the Hunter Class Frigate Program - the largest surface ship building project in the history of our nation. The project has commenced at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia, the most modern shipyard in the world which will utilise state of the art digital and robotic equipment to complement conventional shipbuilding practices.

The Hunter Class Frigate Program will create and sustain more than 5,000 jobs across ASC Shipbuilding and the wider Australian defence supply chain over the life of the program, including early careers opportunities that include apprenticeships, traineeships, internships and graduate placements.

We will need specialists in steel work, mechanical, electrical and technical trades in addition to other talented people across a wide range of professions.

When you join ASC Shipbuilding, you become part of the BAE Systems Australia team - a team of more than 4,000 people in more than 40 locations across Australia who work closely with local partners to support economic development by transferring knowledge, skills and technology.

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ASC Shipbuilding will continue to offer a highly trained, highly skilled and flexible workforce able to meet the needs of industry. A Shipbuilding Readiness Training Program has been developed that incorporates comprehensive training, supervision, coaching and mentoring that will lead to the completion of a Trades Certificate III gaining specialised skills in the shipbuilding industry. Well established career pathways will allow you to progress through the business as your confidence and skills grow.

In terms of trades-based opportunities, over the course of the program, hundreds of opportunities will be created in disciplines such as:

Steelwork - as part of the Steelwork team, you will use your skills to fabricate and assemble the ship's hull and superstructure. Working in a purpose built shipyard using a variety of welding and fabrication technologies to a high standard of accuracy, it will be your task to cut, shape and assemble the components that form the body of the ship.

Mechanical - in this field, you will apply your skills to the fabrication, assembly and installation of many of systems that the ship requires to operate effectively. Working in a purpose built shipyard, you will use a variety of equipment, material and tools in the manufacturing of critical ships systems such as:

  • Fresh Water Systems
  • Sea Water Systems
  • Fuel and Oil Systems

Electrical - as an Electrician you will be responsible for the assembly and installation of a variety of electrical systems critical to the operation of the ship. From power generation and distribution systems to lighting equipment, machinery control panels or data and communication networks you will apply knowledge and skills in all areas of the ship.

Qualified trades people will be considered for employment from 2022 however school-based traineeships/apprenticeships will become available from 2020 .

We are excited to be welcoming our first intake of school based apprentices in June 2020 . Successful applicants will join our 'Shipbuilding Readiness Training Program', a program that is designed to lead to a Certificate III Trades certificate in one of a number of trades disciplines. The Ship Readiness Program will give you insight to a range of shipbuilding trades, helping you to determine which stream you wish to pursue in your Certificate III.

In order to be considered for a school-based apprenticeship in 2020, you will need to be:

  • Studying year 11 in 2020 and year 12 in 2021
  • Already enrolled in a Cert II Engineering pathways course
  • An Australian citizen
  • Able to successfully pass a Police check
  • Able to undergo and successfully pass a pre-employment health assessment

We’ll soon be looking for highly motivated people to join our workforce in 2021. If you’re currently studying year 10, this could be the career opportunity for you.

Commencing in January 2021, ASC Shipbuilding will welcome the second intake into our Shipbuilding Readiness Training Program. This will involve a school based traineeship and apprenticeship.

For the 2021 intake, we will be recruiting in four trades areas:

  • 14 x Apprentice Steelworkers (Boilermaker/Welder – Heavy Fabrication)
  • 2 x Apprentice Sheet Metal workers (Light Fabrication)
  • 4 x Apprentice Mechanical Fitters
  • 2 x Apprentice Electricians

In order to be considered for the Shipbuilding Readiness Training Program and apprenticeship commencing in January 2021, you will need to be:

  • Studying year 11 in 2021 and year 12 in 2022
  • An Australian citizen
  • Able to successfully pass a police check
  • Able to undergo and successfully pass a pre-employment health assessment

Preference may be given to those who are undertaking a Cert II Engineering/Electrotechnology pathways course in semester two of 2020.x

ASC Shipbuilding is partnering with MEGT to support both the recruitment and training contract administration for the program.

Applications for the June 2020 intake have closed and the assessment process is underway.

A second round of applications will open in August with successful applicants commencing in January 2021.