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Maritime Engineering and Naval Construction (Future Ships and Submarines)

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The Australian Government has committed to the most significant regeneration of Australia's naval capability in history, with the acquisition, build and sustainment of 12 Submarines and nine anti-submarine Frigates. This is your opportunity to be a part of this exciting venture that will include the establishment of a continuous Naval Shipbuilding capability within Australia. .


  • On-the-job and off-the-job learning and development to achieve industry-based professional recognition. This includes supporting you to complete Engineers Australia accreditation competencies.
  • Funded Engineers Australia membership
  • Opportunities for work in key sites such as Adelaide, Perth and Canberra
  • Opportunity to build on the skills you learned at university
  • Emphasis on work-life balance
  • You will work on complex projects that are of national significance and are in direct support of the Australian Navy
  • Advancement to APS 5 level on successful completion of the Capability Pathway


The Capability Pathway will be recruiting to a significant number of new opportunities for Engineers and Naval Architects across the Maritime and Naval construction sector (within the future ship and submarine projects). To support these unprecedented multi-billion dollar projects, the Maritime Engineering and Naval Construction job Stream (within the Capability Pathway) will provide university graduates an exciting and unique opportunity to be a part of this significant contribution to Australian Navy capability.

The Australian Government’s commitment to naval shipbuilding in Australia, covering both ship and submarine programs, will create significant long term job opportunities within the Department of Defence, focusing on systems engineering activities in requirements definition, review of industry’s activities and acceptance throughout the design development, build, integration and sustainment phases. As a graduate engineer you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of technology Streams and systems such as:

  • Naval architecture and ship design
  • Propulsion systems
  • Offensive and defensive armament
  • Radar and other sensors
  • Communications
  • Aviation

Maritime Naval Construction

Rotations may include shipyards, project offices, design offices, industry and land based test sites in Australia.

Graduate rotation opportunities will be available in Adelaide, Perth, Canberra.

Throughout the graduate program you will be provided with meaningful training and development opportunities, with access to cutting edge technology and opportunities to engage with key project stakeholders.

The engineering disciplines we are seeking include:

  • Maritime / Marine
  • Mechatronics
  • Communications
  • Electronic
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Software
  • Systems
  • Naval Architecture

For more detailed information about the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), view the links below

Next steps

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Quick Details

  • Degree types: Engineering (Marine, Maritime, Mechatronics, Electrical, Electronic, Communications, Systems, Software, Mechanical, Naval Architecture)
  • Salary: $68,442 pa + 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to APS 5: $76,661 pa + 15.4% superannuation.
  • Program:
    • 18 months – 3 x 6 month rotations
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Intake: February or September
  • Location: Various Australia wide (Adelaide, Perth and Canberra)
  • Benefits: Why Choose Defence
“During my first rotation within the Defence Capability Pathway, I worked at the Future Submarine Program in Adelaide. It was exciting to be involved in a project enhancing the capability of the Australian Navy in the largest Defence procurement program in Australian history.”


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