SYDNEY, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- An Australian university is starting a special course to train engineers to work on the country's naval assets.
The advanced degree program in marine engineering, developed in conjunction with a leading military shipbuilder, has been prompted by a shortage of engineers capable of tackling projects on advanced warships, The Australian reported Tuesday.
"Our submarine and destroyer programs present us with unique challenges, not least of which is having our staff equipped with the skills, knowledge and experience required to keep the submarines at their maximum capability," said Greg Tunny, managing director of the engineering company ACS.
The advanced degree course, he said, "will greatly accelerate up-skilling and, in time, strengthen Australia's indigenous naval engineering capability."
The program begins next year at the University of Adelaide.