Keeping our submariners safe
Engineering Managers must be able to think creatively, have great communication skills and possess the ability to plan, administer and review engineering and technical operations.
Responsibilities include the supervision and management of teams of engineers to ensure technical requirements of design and development are met by organising, planning and coordinating operations.
They provide advice on engineering methods and procedures ensuring quality standards are achieved and goals are met.
Danielle Hodge started work as an Engineering Manager with the Department of Defence in 2007.
Overview of your role
My position is Engineering Manager with the Collins Class Submarine program. Our role is to help keep the “water out; air in; humans alive; keep the boat moving around the oceans; and for it to be a silent vessel” so that the submariners can do their job and come home safely.
Where do you work?
I am currently working in South Australia for the Department of Defence.
How did you get to where you are today?
I studied Naval Architecture at the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania and was lucky enough to secure almost three years’ work experience in shipyards while I was studying.
Following study, I joined the Defence Graduate program and have been working in the Submarine programs for the past 11 years.
What do you love about your job?
Working hands on with the submarines and helping the submariners achieve world leading capabilities is a great feeling. They rely on us so they can do their job safely and to the best of their ability. It is very rewarding seeing them achieve their role, knowing we helped.
Why did you choose a career this field?
I have always loved the ocean, science and engineering so Naval Architecture combined all my loves into one job. Applying that to submarines is the equivalent to working on a space craft – it’s challenging, complex, rare and extremely rewarding.
What skills are required in your position?
For my role, an engineering degree is needed to start off, followed by gaining ‘real life’ shipyard experience. Having a natural interest in the operations of marine platforms is very helpful.
Why did you decide to work within the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise?
Because there is no other sector where can you work on equipment as complex as a spacecraft or work with personnel as passionate about their role as submariners. I also get the opportunity to go to sea on a platform which is very rewarding.
If you like being challenged, enjoy unique experiences that will set your career up for great things then you should consider opportunities in Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry. Join the national Workforce Register.