The largest surface ship building endeavour in the history of our nation has commenced in South Australia.

In 2018 ASC Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of BAE Systems Australia, was awarded a contract by the Australian Government to design and build nine anti-submarine warfare frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.

Known as the Hunter class, these frigates will be built at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia, using Australian suppliers from every state and territory.

The Hunter Class Frigate Program will create and sustain more than 5,000 jobs across BAE Systems and the wider Australian defence supply chain over the life of the program, including 1,000 apprentice and graduate roles. We'll need engineers and project managers, specialists in steel work, mechanical, electrical and technical trades and many other professionals.

Why work for us?
Within ASC Shipbuilding we are building a world-class shipbuilding workforce — a key component of delivering sovereign shipbuilding capability. Our people are our greatest asset and we are committed to developing a culture that enables our people to thrive, delivering the training so they have the skills to do their jobs, and building a collaborative environment which makes us all proud of what we do.

We recognise that everyone brings unique skills, experience and perspective to the team and as our team continues to grow over the coming years it is this diversity that we must embrace in order to achieve success.

When you join ASC Shipbuilding, you become part of the BAE Systems Australia team, with a national workforce of more than 4,000 skilled people. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture, and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

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People are our priority at ASC Shipbuilding and as a team, we pride ourselves on being an equal opportunity employer of choice.

We are committed to the safety and well-being of our colleagues and environmental zero harm. We thrive in a culture that fosters diversity and inclusivity where all employees lead by example. We also enjoy flexible working practices that allow us to work in a way that suits us best.

We seek out and support development to ensure our employees can reach their full potential and we recognise them for their achievements and contributions.
People at ASC Shipbuilding work with a sense of pride and purpose, uphold a strong set of values and know, that together, we make a difference.

Joining our team will open a world of opportunity.

Following BAE Systems Australia’s acquisition of ASC Shipbuilding in 2018, we have been rapidly mobilising the Hunter Class Frigate Program, the largest surface shipbuilding program in Australia’s defence history.

A growing Australian workforce of nearly 800 passionate and skilled individuals is preparing to move into the newly developed Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia – one of the most technologically advanced shipyards in the world, giving us the opportunity to raise the bar in naval ship design and construction standards.

ASC Shipbuilding’s supply chain engagement has been high, with Australian suppliers from across the country registering their interest in the Hunter program. As we prepare to commence the prototyping phase of the project at the end of 2020 – before construction of the first of class vessel begins in 2022 – we have already begun placing the first contracts with Australian industry.

All of this is occurring concurrently with the ongoing transfer of the Hunter class design, technology, knowledge, data, intellectual property and supply chain to Australia – providing the foundation for continuous naval shipbuilding and growing an Australian industrial capability that will exist well beyond the Hunter program.

ASC Shipbuilding builds world-class, complex warships. But we’re building so much more than that. Welcome to the first phase of a long and rewarding journey – will you join us?

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