Student sets course for naval shipbuilding
For 17-year-old Western Australian secondary school student Calvin Havili, attending Pacific 2019 was a dream come true.
He was one of a select group of students chosen by the Naval Shipbuilding College to take part in a STEMulation Trail at Pacific to meet with naval shipbuilding Primes including ASC, BAE Systems Australia/ASC Shipbuilding, Lockheed Martin Australia, Luerssen Australia, Naval Group Australia and SAAB Australia.
Western Australian-based shipbuilding company CIVMEC sponsored Calvin’s trip to Pacific 2019 where the Year 11 Comet Bay College student also experienced a tour of the Australia’s largest warship.
“It was great speaking with the other students from other states, many of them are involved in the F1 and Subs in Schools projects, so we all seemed to have very similar interests around STEM,’’ he said.
“To see all the new technology on display at Pacific was really amazing.
“We visited all the displays by the major shipbuilding companies. The Northrop Grumman stand, with their detection and avoidance technology, was a real stand out for me.’’
He said the STEMulation Trail gave him and his fellow students a great perspective on what is possible in the future with naval shipbuilding technology.
“It has given me some excellent academic direction towards a career within naval shipbuilding, it is definitely something that I’m going to pursue,’’ Calvin said.
Following the STEMulation Trail students were taken on a tour of HMAS Adelaide.
“I couldn’t believe the size of the ship, it was enormous and a totally amazing experience,’’ he said.
“The amount of detail throughout the entire ship from the living quarters down to the small control panels was incredible. We could see how everything was weaved together to make this warship.’’
“It’s made me even more excited for school holidays this summer when I will get to do work experience with Civmec and get some hands on experience.’’