Defence partner launches major engineering recruitment campaign

December 13, 2022

Australasia defence company, Babcock has launched a huge recruitment drive to fill 100 engineering roles.

Image: Left to right, Jack Gracie – Program Engineering Manager, Karen Trezise – Chief Technologist, Natasha Dikstaal – NZ Senior Asset Engineer, Daniel Hooper – Engineering Team Lead – Hunter. Supplied

The recruitment campaign comes amid recent defence contract wins worth  AU$1.1 billion awarded to Babcock which will see the company deliver a next-generation upgrade to Australia’s Defence High Frequency Communications System as well as managing the sustainment of the Royal Australian Ships at Henderson, Western Australia, as the Regional Maintenance Provider West

The new engineers will join a diverse selection of defence programs throughout Australia and New Zealand including warship sustainment, submarine weaponry, counter-chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (C-CBRNE), ground support equipment and high frequency communications defence capability as well as exciting roles across its aviation and critical services divisions.

Job opportunities extend across the spectrum of engineering, from systems and software engineering to mechanical and electrical engineering, naval architecture and more. 

Babcock’s Acting Executive Director, Engineering, Technology & Program Management, Glenn Logan said there was never a better time to be an engineer, and never a better time to work in defence.

“Babcock is a global company, with global opportunities expanding throughout Australasia,” Mr Logan said.

“To help fuel that growth we are recruiting engineers to work on some of the most innovative and challenging projects which contribute to the safety and security of the region.

“We’re after graduates right through to experienced engineers, and Babcock’s agile working practices enable many of these recruits to work anywhere in the region” 

Program Engineering Manager, Jack Gracie’s journey is an example of how broad and exciting a career at Babcock can be.

Jack started working with Babcock as an engineer on the Collins-Class submarines in 2017. He was then provided the opportunity to be seconded to the UK to work on the Attack-Class submarines. He is now Program Engineer Manager leading Babcock’s C-CBRNE program based in Adelaide.

“Babcock have created a unique resourcing model designed to work for its people. The approach is focussed on creating more opportunities for our people throughout Babcock’s global reach of diverse and innovative programs,” said Mr Gracie.

“It’s also a really great opportunity for graduates as they are exposed to the many varied roles here at Babcock. If they don’t love their chosen field straight away Babcock will support them in choosing another path they might be more interested in.”

Chief Technologist, Karen Trezise is responsible for supporting Babcock’s commitment to innovative research developments and technologies.

“There’s always new challenges and problems to solve, but it’s knowing that what you develop goes into the hands of those that help defend our country – that’s what makes our job so rewarding.”

“I get real satisfaction working at Babcock when I see a naval ship sailing or an aircraft flying and think, wow, I’ve had a hand in developing that capability.

“And, with Babcock’s agile approach to working, I work closely with teams across the region, and globally, often from the comfort from my own home in Melbourne,” said Ms Trezise.

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