Naval Shipbuilding College

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Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry – A world-class career working on cutting edge technology.

With up to $183 billion invested by the Australian Government, and 15,000 people needed at the peak of work, Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry is growing rapidly – this is great news for young Australians looking for a secure and dynamic career!

Work will span more than three decades with 23 classes of vessels to be built for the Royal Australian Navy.

The complexity and sophistication of these vessels incorporate some of the most advanced processes and technology in the world, meaning a diversity of career pathways will be available across the build, supply chain and sustainment process.

Modern shipbuilding is more than working with sheets of metal in shipyards. It’s highly technical and incorporates cutting edge engineering, technology and systems to ensure the ships and submarines are invisible to attack, can detect threats and ensure the safety of the crew on board.

In the coming years, Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry is going to need people with lots of different skills to work in a wide range of roles – from city-based office roles to hands-on positions in the shipyards.

The Naval Shipbuilding College (NSC) is here to help you understand the opportunities and pathways that lead to a long and successful career.

Register today to have a chat with one of our team about your interests and skills and how they might translate into a role in the industry.


15,000 Jobs nationally
23 Classes of Vessels built by 2050
30+ Years of work

Grow Your Career in Naval Shipbuilding

With today’s shipbuilding programs set to last for more than 30 years, there is no better time to secure an exciting, long term career in the naval shipbuilding industry. The complexity and diversity of the work will give you greater opportunities to advance and learn new skills, meaning you may not finish your career where it started.

15,000 – jobs will be available in the naval shipbuilding industry at the peak of build

5,000+ – the number of jobs the Hunter Class Frigate Program is expected to create and sustain across BAE Systems Maritime Australia, their sub-contractors and the Australian defence supply chain over the life of the program

1,000 – apprentices will join Hunter over the life of the program

To help you better understand what jobs will be available the NSC has worked with the companies who are the employers you’ll be working for in the shipbuilding industry to find out what jobs are required and when.

Largely the demand is for qualified workers in the following fields:

These are just some of the roles available – there are more than 25 key job roles required by the Australian Naval Shipbuilding Industry, including the important business support roles – legal, HR, finance and communications.

Also, you don’t need to join the Navy to work in naval shipbuilding. Work in the Defence Industry is just like any other civilian company you would join, but you’re working to bring to life the projects that have been contracted by the Australian Government and Australian Defence Force.

Learn more about these roles


Career Guidance and Support

There are many different pathways into your dream career, or maybe you’re not sure what you want to do yet, and that’s ok! The NSC can help you join the dots and take your first steps through its National Workforce Register.

The NSC will support you with free one-to-one careers guidance and advice – from choosing your high school subject choices to university courses or apprenticeship pathways – and we can help you kick-start your future career in naval shipbuilding.

There are pathway opportunities via university, vocational and trade pathways, and the NSC works with over 20 universities and TAFEs across Australia which have been identified which deliver courses that will ensure you’re ready for a career in the naval shipbuilding industry.

Turn your interests into a career!

Register today to have a chat with one of our team about your interests and skills and how they might translate into a role in the industry.

Shipbuilding Taster Course

The NSC has developed the Shipbuilding Taster Course to give you a deeper insight into the exciting work happening across Australia and the many career opportunities this work will provide. It’s a fun and interactive course with lots of information and quizzes about the shipbuilding which takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Take a look at the Shipbuilding Taster Course

Testimonials & Case Studies

From cameras to circuit boards – switching focus to a new career

Electrical Trades Apprentices play an important role in the installation and repair of electrical systems components of naval ships. When Maddie Rickets started planning her career during high school, she was thinking more along the lines of lenses and tripods than circuit boards, completing a university degree majoring in photography and writing. Read more about her journey to becoming an electrical apprentice:

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A shockingly cool job that will charge your careers

Electrical Engineers design, develop test and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment including motors, radar and navigation systems.

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From nuclear power to Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry

The skills of an engineer are always in demand. Mechanical Engineers can specialise in research and development, engineering design, production, operation and maintenance of machinery. Learn about a day in the life of a mechanical engineer from Yolanda:

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Terrence Gawthorn:

Travelling towards a rewarding career in marine engineering.

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Apprentice is living the dream

Discover how Evyenia found her dream job in fabrication working on the Collins Class Submarines and the Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels :

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Assembling the mechanics of a naval shipbuilding careers

Mechanical Fitter Apprentices play an important role in the setup, installation, repair, manufacture and maintenance of equipment and machinery on naval ships. Read about how mechanical fitter Tom changed paths from an engineering degree to an apprenticeship and is now in his dream job.

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Louis Nathan

From gaming mods to maritime software systems.

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How a love for the ocean turned into a life-long career

Wessels Botha always knew he had a love for the ocean but assumed this would lead him to a career as a Marine Biologist.

Years later, he proved himself wrong. Combining his passion for design with the ocean, he found himself studying Marine and Offshore Systems Engineering.   

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Travelling towards a rewarding career in marine engineering

2,400 – the number of jobs expected on the Hunter Class frigate in Osborne1, the name of the project under which a new hydrographic vessel will be procured by Navy (Project SEA 2400) – and this is also the distance Terence Gawthorn has travelled to make his career dreams come true.

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Explore Naval Shipbuilding in Augmented Reality!

Explore naval shipbuilding in augmented reality by downloading the free ‘Naval Shipbuilding Experience’ app via the App Store or Google Play then hold your phone or device camera over the images with an AR icon to see them come to life!

Our Videos

Featured Video

All Videos

An introduction to Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry
How the Hunter Class Frigate will be built
How the NSC Workforce Register can help you
A day in the life of an engineer: Melissa Weston
A day in the life of an Electrical Apprentice

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