CDU powers Navy's push to upskill 

Royal Australian Navy trainees celebrate completing their training course with RAN officers and CDU VET lecturer Felino Molina

Charles Darwin University's Electrotechnology team has delivered a high power electrical course to the Royal Australian Navy.

The Applied Skills and Technology (AST) course was delivered to 11 Navy trainees over 12 weeks.

The AST course was designed to provide knowledge of high power work environments to junior Marine Technician sailors who are starting to specialise in the use of high power.

It was coordinated by CDU VET lecturer Felino Molina and contracted by Scientific Management Associates (SMA).

It is the first time this training has been delivered in northern Australia, and CDU has been booked by SMA to run the next course in 2009.

With the first part of their training now over, the sailors will soon leave Darwin's tropics for Victorian chillier climes to complete their training on HMAS Cerberus at Westernport.

The students were in full Navy uniform for their graduation ceremony, and senior staff of the Navy and SMA presented Dux of the class to Cameron Dean and an Encouragement award to Markward Elgersma.