From first female apprentice to first female team lead and now first female systems specialist, Debbie has never looked back in her 18-year career with ASC.
In Debbie’s own words:
“At first, it was very overwhelming because as a woman you seek other women to talk to. But I was very lucky. The first crew I ever went into were very supportive and making sure I was treated just like everybody else.”
“I’ve always liked hands on work. I enjoy the technical challenges. The multilayered systems. There are so many people involved in maintaining submarines for the Royal Australian Navy. To be able to support a full cycle docking and then return it back to the customer is extremely rewarding.”
“To provide the Navy with a safe workplace is something I feel very proud of. We’ve developed good connections with the Navy, and with the crew, and know them personally.
Debbie commenced her apprenticeship after finishing high school and has successfully completed a Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Trade) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessing.
“Some days I’m behind a computer. Some days I’m on the boat. I’m also touching base with different departments so my day is varied, which is great. It makes it interesting. It makes you want to come to work every day.”
“I think one of the most exciting parts is when we’re thrown challenging situations and problem solving through those. You’re using your technical skills. You’re using your mind. I enjoy challenging myself, completing my work to a high standard and taking pride in that.”
“There’s plenty of career opportunities here and I’ve been fortunate enough to have been supported throughout my career. It’s a positive place to work. It’s a job for life and I’m happy to stay here for the rest of my career.”
“ASC gives us great opportunities to have flexibility around family. I have a five and a six-year-old. I’m able to drop the kids off and pick the kids up, so that flexibility is a huge part of what I value in working at ASC.”