ASC has teamed with engine and power system distributor Penske Power Systems to prepare the next generation of submarine diesel engineers.
ASC has placed graduate mechanical engineer, Dillan Wilson, with Penske Power Systems’ Melbourne operation for three months, to become an expert at operating and maintaining the MTU Series 4000 engines.
Dillan’s work with Penske Power Systems forms part of the ASC Graduate Engineer program; a two year rotating program of experience throughout ASC’s submarine platform sustainment, maintenance and upgrade responsibilities, in SA and WA.
Each year 12 graduate engineers are selected in WA and SA, based on a competitive recruitment process. Those graduates complete placements over two years, gaining experience in every aspects of ASC’s submarine operations.
“Dillan is part of ASC’s high performance engineering workforce and we are delighted to be able to offer him this exciting opportunity. ASC is in demand with international partners across several submarine programs and offers its engineers the most varied, challenging and stimulating engineering work in submarines in Australia,” ASC CEO Stuart Whiley said.
ASC is expected to carry out a number of life-extension upgrades to Collins class submarines in coming years, incorporating potentially new diesel-generator sets.
Whiley said the placement with Penske Power Systems was part of ASC’s long term planning for the Collins Class.
“ASC and our partners plan years in advance, so that the Collins Class remains available to the Royal Australian Navy at or above international benchmarks,” Whiley said.
“Penske Power Systems is pleased to be able to partner with ASC to provide Dillan with comprehensive experience both with the MTU Series 4000 product and in working alongside senior staff in our national engineering team,” Hamish Christie-Johnston, managing director of Penske Power Systems, said.
“It’s exciting to be at Penske Power Systems in Melbourne and to work with their experts. It will extend my knowledge and I will then come back to ASC better prepared for the future,” Wilson said.