Australia’s first digital shipbuilding course commenced as planned last Monday, 30 March, at Flinders University.
Fifty-three shipbuilders, whose roles on the HOBART Class Air Warfare Destroyer Program ended the week before, will take part in the digital upskilling program which is funded by the Commonwealth and South Australian governments. The newly created Diploma of Digital Technology course is a partnership between BAE Systems Australia’s shipbuilding business, ASC Shipbuilding, and Flinders University. It will educate shipbuilders-cum-students on digital technologies required as part of the $35 billion HUNTER Class Frigate Program, and will help retain important shipbuilding capability between shipbuilding programs.
Despite obvious coronavirus challenges, Flinders University is delivering the course online; when normal service resumes, students will be able to attend classes at Flinders University’s Tonsley campus.