Training Centre set to transform Australia’s Naval industry

A collaborative effort between the Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania, the University of Wollongong and Flinders University has secured $3.8 million in funding to establish a new naval training centre that will enable the naval manufacturing industry to more rapidly innovate.

The total sum is made up of nearly $2.4 million in federal funds and more than $1.4 million in industry cash and in-kind contributions administered under the Australian Research Council’s Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Tasmania, University of Wollongong, Flinders University, ASC Pty Ltd, INCAT Tasmania Pty Ltd, Babcock International Group, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Defence Materials Technology Centre, Thales Australia Ltd and PMB Defence Engineering Pty Ltd.

Project investigator and spokesperson Dr Jonathan Binns said the project provides an opportunity for 10 higher degree by research students and three postdoctoral fellows to undertake a combination of research and professional training in an industrial environment.

“These researchers will focus on developing advanced techniques to efficiently design, construct and sustain the naval platforms; providing significant economic benefits to the nation,” Dr Binns said.

DMTC is pleased to be able to support this initiative which will enhance naval manufacturing capability in Australia and foster the development of highly skilled engineers.

The ARC’s Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme aims to foster close partnerships between university researchers and other research end-users to provide innovative higher degree and postdoctoral training in industries vital to Australia’s future.

Posted by DMTC on February 28th, 2014