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November 24, 2011
By Graham McBean
A COMPLETE overhaul of the Marine
Technician (MT) category is being undertak-
en to improve the MT career path, aimed at
delivering the right training at the right time.
The new career path will be known as
MT2010 and will align MT sailors' careers to
better suit the needs of the modern Navy while
providing better qualifications.
The new arrangement will also feature a
vastly reduced initial training period of 26
During this time sailors will gain the
underpinning knowledge for Metals Electro
Mechanical (MEM) Cert II and Transport and
Distribution Maritime (TDM) Cert III, aimed
directly at meeting the needs of an MT's first
On-shore simulation training will provide
80 per cent of the knowledge required for
MST, MSC and MSM. This will vastly reduce
the training requirement on the ship.
There will be five Cert IV trades offered
after the sailor's MSC qualification is com-
At this point promotion is offered to the
rank of leading seaman.
The five new Cert IV trades will provide a
deeper level knowledge and will be nationally
recognised under MEM and Electrocomms
and Energyutilities (EEOZ) for the first time.
The current senior technician's course
will change; petty officers will gain TDM
Cert V Diploma of Marine Engineering --
Watchkeeper under MT2010.
Chief petty officers have the opportunity to
complete TDM Cert VI Engineer Class 1.
CPOMT Walter Baumhammer, a member
of the MT2010 project team, said the new
structure aligned the MT training continuum to
the employment reality.
"An occupational analysis was done that
asked 'what does an AB do at sea?' -- and
that is exactly what we are going to train for,"
CPOMT Baumhammer said.
Complete overhaul for MT trade
"Now we are only going to train a sailor to
the level they need to conduct organic mainte-
nance. That is why the ITT at HMAS Cerberus
is now 26 weeks."
The MT2010 continuum will include a
transition plan through to chief petty officer
and is expected to be rolled out for TTP92
sailors on their next promotion.
CPOMT Baumhammer said although all
MT sailors were now being recruited and
trained under the new system, development
work on the MT2010 career continuum was
"This wasn't designed on a whim -- it took
a lot of consultation with the MT community,"
The new trade courses are currently being
developed by TA-ENG, with the view to hav-
ing them ready for January 2012.
"MT2010 recruits won't be ready to do the
courses for another three-and-a-half years; it
will be TTP92 sailors already out there who
don't have a trade who will be ready for the
first courses," CPOMT Baumhammer said.
The MT2010 project team is located in the
Directorate of Navy Category Management
(DNCM). More information about MT2010 can be
found on the DNCM (Marine Engineering) website
and inquiries can be sent to dncmmtcrteam@
FIVE NEW TRADES
DIESELS: will include generic fitting,
mechanical systems and marine gas tur-
ELECTRICAL: where required, additional
training will be provided in high voltage
WELDING: includes generic fabrication
FLUID POWER: includes all ship fluid
power aspects such as davits, steering,
stabilisers, controllable pitch propeller sys-
tems, winches and pumps (regardless of
medium being pumped).
REFRIGERATION AND AIR-
THE use of simulation will deliver training to
sailors in a safe training environment while
vastly reducing the on-the-job training load on
ships at sea.
Simulators, virtual reality and mock-ups will
replicate common ship platforms but will be
supplemented by realistic special effects, accu-
rate behaviour models and equipment that are
presented in the virtual world.
The equipment will be represented with suf-
ficient fidelity and integration to enable individu-
als and teams to demonstrate, practise and be
assessed on MT tasks by MST, MSC and MSM
The system will be initially located at HMAS
Cerberus with two additional installations
planned for Training Centres East and West
after testing and acceptance of the initial sys-
TIMES OF CHANGE: ABMT Hugh
Daniell (right) and POMT Neil Harris
monitor the gauges in the main engine
space aboard HMAS Per th.
Photo: ABIS Morgana Ramsey
FORMER Commodore Flotillas (COMFLOT) CDRE
Stuart Mayer became the first officer to assume
the newly created position of Commodore Warfare
(COMWAR) on October 28.
The new position supersedes the former COMFLOT
title and was changed because the old title no longer
accurately reflected the function undertaken.
Commander Australia Fleet RADM Steve Gilmore
said the old position carried with it potential for confu-
sion over the roles and responsibilities of the position in
a contemporary context.
"The COMFLOT role had evolved under New
Generation Navy (NGN) and with the implementation of
the Fleet Forward Strategy," RADM Gilmore said.
He said the COMWAR position would focus on three
key outcomes of command, standards and warfare devel-
"It is recognition of the transition that the former
COMFLOT position has undergone post-NGN and is a
means to sharpen the focus of the position moving for-
NEW TITLE: CDRE Stuart Mayer, pictured here
in the Expeditionary Warfare Operations Centre
aboard USS Bonhomme Richard during Exercise
RIMPAC 2010, is now Commodore Warfare.
Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett
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