Naval Group and ASC have partnered to start the search for future submarine engineers with the launch of their inaugural graduate programme.

Under the programme, eligible engineering graduates will gain experience, training and development on the existing Collins-class submarines.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical/Electronic, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Materials, Structural, Aeronautical or associated fields can apply for the programme.

Students who will complete their degree by September this year are also eligible to apply.

Once completed, the engineers will be offered a chance to use their newly gained skills on Australia’s future the Attack-class submarines.

Under a two-year programme, the graduates will be employed by ASC in Osborne, Australia.

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Graduates will receive a tailored rotation plan across several submarine engineering functions for structured learning and development.

Supervised by experienced ASC engineers, the graduates will receive regular mentoring.

Programme completion will be followed by an opportunity to transition into a permanent engineering role within Naval Group Australia.

Naval Group Australia CEO John Davis said: “Making the most of Naval Group Australia and ASC’s collective resources and recruitment programs remains a fundamental aspect to ensuring the growth of Australia’s submarine industry.

“Graduates will benefit by having the opportunity to gain hands on experience with two world leading organisations.

“Practical experience will complement the knowledge they have gained from their academic studies which will boost their career prospects enormously.”

Last year, the partners signed their first training initiative for the next-generation of Australia’s submarine builders.

In March this year, PMB Defence and Systems Sunlight won subcontracts by Naval Group Australia to design the main storage batteries for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Attack-class submarines.