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BMT Launches New Collaborative Graduate Development Program with Ships Division

The collaborative program sees newly graduated marine systems engineers and naval architects undergo a year-long work program.

24 August 2022

The collaborative program sees newly graduated marine systems engineers and naval architects undergo a year-long work program, shared across BMT and Ships Division, within Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), exposing them to a range of experiences across the shipbuilding enterprise.

BMT, a leading international multi-disciplinary engineering, science, and digital data technology consultancy, will work closely with Ships Division in CASG to place some of Australia’s best new marine systems engineers and naval architects.

The program sees graduates working in the beating heart of Australia’s naval shipbuilding enterprise, gaining access to some of the country’s biggest projects including the Hunter Class Frigate Program.

Graduates will receive ongoing support through BMT’s Global Graduate & Apprentice program, which is running alongside the cooperative program with CASG. The Cooperative Graduate Development Program is aimed at developing engineers to support the naval shipbuilding enterprise, delivering an increased industry skills base, with broad experience and a route for SMEs to provide professional development to their newest employees.

Delivering the best outcomes for the enterprise, attracting, and retaining people in Naval Shipbuilding and growing the Australian workforce are some of the key aims of the program. To deliver this, Ships Division is receiving the graduates on secondment for half of their first year and benefiting from the energy and new thinking that graduates bring to the organisation. For the remainder of the year, the graduates are working within the BMT business on a broad range of other multidisciplinary projects, maximising the range of experience and skills they can gain.

Doing this will also enable the new graduates to attend BMT training courses, including ‘Introduction to Whole Life Warship Management’ and ‘Introduction to Fleet Lifecycle Management’, preparing them for what lays ahead in Australia’s ambitious ship acquisition and sustainment plans.

“We are thrilled to be working with BMT and to be able to welcome graduates into Team Hunter early in their careers. Over the next two decades, Ships Division will progress the most extensive and ambitious shipbuilding program to modernise the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet.” commented Director General Hunter Class Frigate, Commodore Scott Lockey.
“The need for skilled workers, like marine systems engineers and naval architects, will continue to increase. Supporting our graduate cohort to gain access to the projects within CASG’s Ships Division will provide them with a broad experience on which to start their careers.” He concluded.
Graeme Nayler, Regional Business Director, BMT commented on the opportunity, saying “We recognise the importance of developing and investing in the next generation of industry professionals to support the building of Australia’s sovereign naval capability.”
“We are committed to offering excellent personal and professional development opportunities to those early on in their careers. Our program gives graduates the opportunity to work on some of the country’s most critical naval projects.” He concluded.

The program is being run as a pilot, with the ambition to continue building on its success, ensuring a pipeline of skilled engineers is being developed for the benefit of the naval shipbuilding and sustainment enterprise.

University students wanting to apply for graduate roles with BMT should be:

  • In the final year of their degree or recently completed their degree

  • Australian citizens

  • Eligible to obtain a security clearance

  • Curious and enthusiastic learners.

To find out more about available graduate opportunities at BMT, visit our careers page or email

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