All hands are required to fight and win at sea – Naval Shipbuilding College

All hands are required to fight and win at sea

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Weapons Electrical Engineering Officers manage a team of skilled technicians that maintains the electrical components of ships, communications systems and power generators. Weapons Electrical Engineers are an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team of specialists developing the next generation of military capability.


They work on a diverse range of technologies including telecommunications, combat systems, satellite communications, micro-electronics as well as the design and development of electrical equipment.


Tasks can include the preparation and interpretation of specifications, drawings and regulations to ensure work meets safety and operations standards.


Louella Yu began working as an Electrical Engineer with Navy in 2011.


Overview of your role

I am the Deputy Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer on HMAS Hobart, which involves managing a team of 40+ highly competent technicians, both male and female, focused on maintaining and sustaining a complex combat system both at sea and alongside. Our team is responsible for ensuring that all of our systems are working so we can provide the capabilities that allow us to fight and win at sea.


Where do you work?

I work for the Royal Australian Navy in NSW.


How did you get to where you are today?

I joined the Navy as an undergraduate engineer studying a Bachelor of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering through the Australian Defence Force Academy. My first sea posting was as an Assistant Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer on HMAS Parramatta before spending time ashore working in different engineering jobs that included radiation safety, explosive ordnance and ship maintenance and sustainment.


What do you love about your job?

I love that there’s always a different challenge and because of the posting cycle, you change jobs almost every two years. I feel like this enables me to grow and develop both as an engineer and as a person.


Why did you choose a career this field?

I did not want to be trapped in an office for my whole career, so I jumped at the chance to experience new things and learn new skills.


What skills are required in your position? 

Aside from the skills you acquire from the technical courses and on-the-job training, communication skills, people skills and organisation skills are among the most important. Building solid relationships is the keystone to a good enterprise and this can only be achieved with open communication.


Why did you decide to work within the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise?

It’s such an interesting field and a close-knit community. There’s such a broad range of skills that are used within the Enterprise that you are continuously learning from each other and improving processes as you go along. It’s a very exciting time to watch Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry grow.


If you like being challenged, enjoy unique experiences that will set your career up for great things then you should consider opportunities in the naval shipbuilding industry. Join the national Workforce Register.

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