Sarah Lee grew up in the booming South Australian coastal town of Port Lincoln, famous for great white sharks and tuna fish.
Today the 24-year-old engineer works on bigger fish – helping to maintain Australia’s 3,200 tonne Collins Class submarines.
Now in her second year in ASC's Engineering Graduate Program, Sarah was one of only 12 selected from across the country by the elite submarine company.
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Australia’s has the world’s most lethal conventionally powered submarines and it’s up to ASC, and engineers like Sarah, to keep them operating and available for the Royal Australian Navy.
“I wanted to come to ASC because of the wide range of opportunities here for engineers,” says Sarah.
“As part of my BE in mechatronics from the University of Adelaide, I completed a 12-week internship at ASC and saw the number of different aspects of the submarine work here.”
Since beginning as a graduate last year Sarah says the highlight was being given a leading role as part of a combat system upgrade project.
“Within six months I was a subsystem technical lead on the sonar upgrade, working with ASC personnel and people from Thales Australia – it was a great experience,” says Sarah.
Sarah earned her BE (Hons) from the University of Adelaide, with her first class honours grades critical in being competitive to win entry to ASC’s graduate engineering program.
ASC employs several hundred engineers and actively supports their careers through sponsorship with the Institute of Engineers Australia.