Shipbuilding expertise boosts collaboration
A question we are often asked is who operates the Naval Shipbuilding College and what experience does our team bring to the table.
The College is an Australian Government initiative and managed on behalf of the Australian Government by the Naval Shipbuilding Institute, a joint venture between Kellogg Brown and Root and Huntington Ingalls Industries.
Both of these companies have extensive experience in the naval shipbuilding industry, particularly around workforce development, skilling services and project management.
Huntington Ingalls Industries is the largest military shipbuilder in the United States, on the back of a 130-year relationship with its Navy. It’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ships classes than any other United States shipbuilder. This has also required the company to manage rapid workforce build ups during challenging times.
The tried and tested methodologies used to build and maintain a highly skilled workforce in the United States are now being applied in an Australian environment. When combined with the extensive experience that exists within our national education and training sector, the College is ensuring that our naval shipbuilding industry’s needs are met.
Master Trainers from Huntington Ingalls Industries, who each have more than 30 years experience in the naval shipbuilding industry have provided insight around training course modification and customisation, as the College collaborates with our education and training partners.
Initially the College has targeted occupations that are critical to the naval shipbuilding industry including welding, pipefitting and marine electrical trades.
This ongoing collaboration was instrumental in the College’s first successful program endorsement in welding through TAFE SA.
We’re looking forward to announcing many more endorsed programs across the country in the coming months.