Driving simulators building skills in the Defence industry

Australian Industry Standards is working with the Public Safety Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to develop skills standards to meet the current and future capability needs of the Defence industry for simulator maintenance engineers. Current advanced simulators can be reconfigured to train industry and defence personnel in a range of aircraft and ground-based vehicle operation. This project aligns with reviews of defence capability and with wider industry practices, where simulation is becoming a valuable educational tool in training personnel in routine and non-routine situations not only in a safe and efficient way but also more effectively. Simulators can produce immediate feedback, including metrics, that provide the learner opportunities to learn from their mistakes.

The Simulator Maintenance Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been reviewing and developing two qualifications and associated units of competency in this field.

The Certificate IV in Simulator Maintenance is designed to provide a broad and flexible set of competencies reflecting the workplace responsibilities to trouble-shoot, repair and maintain electronic and mechanical components of simulators used in training. Skills include the use of specialised tools to test equipment, manage built-in diagnostic equipment and interpret technical data to isolate and locate faulty components or system malfunctions.

The Diploma of Simulator Maintenance has been updated to qualify simulator maintenance managers and senior simulator technicians. These technicians can manage simulator maintenance as well as complete complex testing, fault finding and evaluation of simulation equipment. Individuals will be able to apply maintenance management and integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work in simulator maintenance.

For more information, contact Katherine White on 0448 181 661 or email