RAN crew on board new Hobart Class AWDs get industry-derived PLC training
The three Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) under construction in Osborne, South Australia, will be some of the world’s most capable multi-purpose warships.
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) requires the crew to be able to effectively operate the electrical control systems on-board the AWDs. Up-to-date training in maintenance and programming of PLC control systems is essential.
PLC training enables crew to identify and solve faults, while a specialist understanding of the electrical control systems results in effective communication with external maintenance providers.
AWD Alliance contracted SAGE Automation to deliver the PLC training as a component of the wider IPMS Maintenance Course for RAN crews. This program was delivered in two parts: a generic and a specific course.
This is the second time SAGE Automation has worked with the Alliance to deliver PLC training for the AWD Project.
"The AWD Alliance and SAGE Automation are working together to deliver invaluable indursty-derived training to the Air Warfare Destroyer RAN crews." Paul Evans, Alliance General Manager.
Facilitator-led classroom component with course material
Practical component using world-class training platforms
Three practical and theoretical assessments
Designed around the training platforms SAGE designed and built for defence training
Used a variety of PLCs (5) known to be on-board the AWDs
RAN crew can confidently operate and maintain the control systems for the new AWD ships
Strong understanding of PLC programming methodologies
Skills to fault-find and problem-solve
Knowledge of control system terminology, which enables crew to speak with external support and maintenance providers