Flinders University has moved to meet future skills demands by offering course in maritime electronics next year.
Maritime electronics is the application of electronics in all aspects of the maritime industry including naval, commercial or recreational vessels and on-land facilities.
Flinders Head of School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Professor John Roddick, said the existing shortage of electronics engineers in South Australia was set to increase following the publication of the Federal Government’s Defence White Paper outlining substantial increases to defence capabilities including significant naval capability.
“With the development of the Navy’s three new Air Warfare Destroyers as well as the Collins Class submarine refit and replacement, it is expected that not only will substantial jobs be created but that ancillary industries will also support long term jobs growth in the State,” Professor Roddick said.
“The Government has decided to acquire 12 new Future Submarines, to be assembled in South Australia. This will be a major design and construction program spanning three decades, and will be Australia’s largest ever single defence project,” he said.
The new four-year Bachelor of Engineering (Maritime Electronics) is the result of a collaboration between Flinders University and the Australian Maritime College (part of the University of Tasmania) which is generally regarded as the premier institution in Australia in maritime engineering.