National Recruitment Drive For Awd Project

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Media Release

National recruitment drive for AWD Project

8 October 2010

A national recruitment drive is underway to fill up to 60 vacancies in skilled positions within

the Air Warfare Destroyer project.

The $8 billion AWD project is the largest Defence procurement project ever undertaken in

Australia.  It is a nation-building project that is expected to create 3,000 jobs benefiting

thousands of businesses and families in Australia.

The AWD project is being delivered under an Alliance arrangement between Raytheon

Australia, ASC and the Commonwealth, represented by the Defence Materiel Organisation.

AWD Alliance CEO Rod Equid said the AWD Alliance workforce is growing and will peak

during full production in 2012. 

“The project is driving a rapid expansion in shipbuilding skills, technical expertise and

capability throughout the country,” Mr Equid said.

“The AWD Alliance has instigated a national recruitment drive to fill skilled positions in key

areas in the program including welders, data analysts, marine engineers and naval architects.

“Full block production is underway in three shipyards, ASC in Adelaide, BAE Systems in

Melbourne and Forgacs in Newcastle.  Contracts have been signed by the AWD Alliance for

almost all major equipment and material.

“At this stage in the project, there is a focus on hull fabrication which is leading to a demand

for more welders at all three shipyards.  There is also a demand for stores and warehouse

positions, schedulers, procurement specialists, pipe fitters and boilermakers.

“The Combat System team is moving from the procurement phase to the management and

test phase of the project and is recruiting in areas of production support such as production

engineers, integrated logistics support (ILS), systems engineers and operations managers.

“There are a number of vacancies within the Combat System team at Raytheon’s Macquarie

Park offices in Sydney as well as other opportunities in Adelaide,” Mr Equid said.

Approximately 200 AWD Alliance members are now located at Techport Australia, Osborne,

after relocating from Felixstow in August.   The AWD workforce is made up of representatives

from the Commonwealth Government, Royal Australian Navy, ASC, Raytheon Australia,

Navantia, Bath Iron Works, Lockheed Martin and US Navy.

In total, the three shipyards will employ about 200 apprentices which will build an important

foundation for the industry.  There are 18 graduates who work on the AWD project with plans

to expand the number of graduates over time. 

There are currently vacancies within the AWD project in skilled positions including:

Logistic Engineer (Electrical) 

Purchasing Officer 

Supply Chain Analyst 


Test and Integration Engineer


Pipe Fitters 

Sheet Metal Workers

Business Analyst 

Senior Structural Engineer 

For further information contact:

Sascha Meldrum

08 81657866   /   0409034241  /   Sascha.

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