AMC to play key role in future of naval manufacturing

The Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania was pleased to officially launch the ARC Training Centre for Transforming Australia’s Naval Manufacturing Industry in the model test basin on Friday, 22 August.

The $3.8 million centre, funded through the Australian Research Council’s Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme, is a collaboration between the University of Tasmania, University of Wollongong, Flinders University, ASC Pty Ltd, Babcock International, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Defence Materials Technology Centre, Thales Australia Ltd and PMB Defence Engineering Pty Ltd.

The centre will deliver research solutions by supporting and connecting postdoctoral and postgraduate candidates with industry, university and defence. It provides an opportunity for 10 research higher degree 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 new fleets of submarines, future frigates and patrol boats as part of Australia’s multi-billion dollar naval shipbuilding program.

AMC Principal Professor Neil Bose said the centre provided an important boost to the college’s mission to shape how the Australian maritime industry responds to the world through research, education and training.

“We are proud to be building on a long history of maritime defence driven research and, together with the partnering companies, look forward to playing a significant role in the future of naval defence design and manufacturing in Australia,” Professor Bose said.

“Having our researchers work alongside these companies will not only increase the impact of their research, but it will also provide future opportunities for our graduates.”

The launch was attended by representatives from the Australian Government, Australian Research Council, Department of Defence, DSTO, the partnering universities and other key stakeholders.

(Pictured): Australian Research Council Professor Brian Yates, AMC Principal Professor Neil Bose and DSTO Deputy Chief Scientist Dr Ian Sare at the launch in the model test basin.


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