The WA defence boom is here, with exciting, long-term, stable careers on offer. There has been significant investment in the industry to build a pipeline of skilled workers for current and future work. To find out more about the defence workforce initiatives visit the Jobs and Skills WA(opens in a new tab) website.
We are now offering a new Defence Industry Pathways Program! This 12 month traineeship, funded by the Australian Government will give school leavers the opportunity to try several different careers in the defence industry.
We also have 6 skill sets for current tradespeople to get up to code for working in the defence industry or for those already working in the defence industry, and would like to skill up for a new project or upgrade your certifications.
Skill sets are in:
- Fluid Power
- Coded Welding Flux Cored Arc Skill Set
- Coded Welding Gas Tungsten Arc Skill Set
- Coded Welding Manual Metal Arc Welding (Pipe) Skill Set
- CNC Operations Skill Set
- Welding Supervisor Skill Set
Thousands of defence jobs are set to be created and workers with skills in trade, technical/cyber, science, engineering and technology will be in demand.
For more info contact the Defence Team at the Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre:
Facilities at our campuses are world class, providing students with hands-on experience in a real-life industry setting. Our facilities include:
- Heavy fabrication workshops
- Mechanical fitter and fitter machinist workshops
- State-of-the-art welding equipment and facilities
- World leading hydraulic and pneumatic equipment (fluid power)
- Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment
- Composites trade and marine craft construction workshop
Naval Base and Rockingham campuses are centrally located to Perth’s defence shipbuilding industry and have specialist facilities, with a strong focus on engineering, fabrication and shipbuilding courses.
The Naval Shipbuilding College endorses the Certificate III Engineering - Fabrication Trade qualification and enjoys being co-located within our Naval Base campus along with the Western Australian Defence Industry Workforce Office(opens in a new tab) .
A career in defence is most definitely a job of the future. Roles will be challenging, in-demand, well compensated and offer long term prospects. Most employment opportunities will be with companies winning defence contracts – and their supply chain.
Some jobs include:
- Fitter Machinist
- High end CNC programmer / operator
- Composites shipbuilder
- Mechanical fitter/Pipe fitter
- Refrigeration/Air conditioning engineer
- Mechanical engineer
- Marine fabricator
- Refrigeration/air conditioning technician
- Industrial electrician
SM TAFE offers qualifications from entry level Certificate II, to Certificate III level apprenticeships, to post-trade specialisations in welding. These are suited for all abilities and ages, from school leavers to those with industry experience.
For school leavers and mature age entrants
MEM31112-W992 Certificate III in Engineering - Composites Trade
MEM30205-WT84 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade
MEM30705-W242 Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction
Have you considered studying in courses that support the defence industry?
Defence in Western Australia also includes logistics and warehousing, maritime, information technology and engineering. Navigate to those industry areas using their links to explore courses with strong employment growth.
Begin your defence study pathway
A dedicated defence industry team is available at the Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre to undertake careers promotion across all schools, and with veterans, and provide advice to jobseekers and potential defence industry workers about options for training and career planning. All services are free, and available to anyone in WA.
To contact the team, call or email the Rockingham JSC or drop in for a chat.
P: 08 9599 8655
E: firstname.lastname@example.org(opens in a new tab)
South Metropolitan TAFE Rockingham campus
Building G, Simpson Avenue Rockingham
Visit the Defence Jobs and Skills page(opens in a new tab) for more information on the latest defence industry incentives.
Industry: View our defence capability statement (5 MB) (PDF document).
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