Careers at Austal

As a global shipbuilder and defence prime contractor, Austal offers an exciting, dynamic working environment with the opportunity to contribute to some of the world’s most iconic defence and commercial shipbuilding programs.

In Australia, defence vessels are designed and constructed at Austal Australia’s Henderson, Western Australia facility. Employing approximately 600 people, the facility is the home of the Cape Class Patrol Boat (CCPB) and High Speed Support Vessel (HSSV). Austal Australia also operates service centres in Darwin in the Northern Territory, Cairns in Queensland and Oman in the Middle East.

In the United States of America, defence vessels are manufactured at Austal USA’s state of the art shipbuilding facilities in Mobile, Alabama. Employing over 4,500 people, the facility is the largest employer in the city and is currently delivering the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) (formerly Joint High Speed Vessel) programs for the United States Navy.

In the Philippines, commercial vessels are constructed at one of the country’s largest shipyards, at Balamban, Cebu. Close to 1,000 employees construct high performance passenger and vehicle/passenger ferries, offshore (crew transfer) ships, wind farm and other auxiliary ships, for commercial fleet operators located worldwide. In Vietnam, Austal also constructs commercial vessels for customers around the world; most recently, a 94 metre high speed catamaran ferry for Trinidad and Tobago.

Globally, Austal provides outstanding career opportunities for individuals in a wide variety of trades and professions, at numerous locations. Some of the career opportunities at Austal include:


  • Fabrication
  • Engineering
  • Fitout (Interiors & Carpentry)
  • Electrical
  • Site Services (Riggers, Scaffolders, Maintenance, Cleaning)


  • Structural Design / Naval Architecture
  • Electrical Design
  • Mechanical Design
  • General Management
  • Project Management
  • Customer Service and Investor Relations
  • Sales, Marketing and Business Development
  • Human Resources
  • Financial Management and Accounting
  • Corporate Services (including Information Technology and Systems Support)
  • Purchasing, Procurement and Contract Management

Austal Graduate Development Program (AGDP)

The Austal Graduate Development Program (AGDP) is a structured program that aims to identify, develop and broaden the skills, knowledge and competencies of our Graduates so that they are able to realise their full potential. The AGDP is structured to ensure that all Graduates make a valuable contribution to the function of their respective assignments through controlled learning and development opportunities.

The AGDP aims to capture Graduates who are commencing professional employment post-graduation.

The AGDP is a foundation for successful job performance and long term career progression. The program is designed to develop a core set of professional competencies in Graduates of all disciplines through varied work-based experiences and on the job learning.


At each location, Austal provides and promotes a safe workplace that encourages autonomy and responsibility. Health and safety in the workplace is a priority and our commitment to safe work practices in all areas of operation is reflected in a safety record that is far superior to industry standards.

Whilst remuneration packages vary between locations (due to variations in applicable employment legislation) all Austal employees benefit from excellent working conditions, a safe working environment, tailored training and career development opportunities and competitive wages.

For more information on the employment benefits available at each location, please visit the relevant Careers page below:

Note for Recruitment Agencies

Regarding candidate submissions from recruitment agencies or similar, Austal will only pay a fee upon placement where there is a written engagement in place between Austal’s HR Recruitment function and the 3rd party prior to the CV submission. In the case of candidate(s) submitted or presented to Austal by a 3rd party without any such engagement, Austal explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Candidate profiles or resumes submitted to Austal, either via HR or any other Austal employee, without the express permission of Austal’s HR Recruitment team will be considered a gift.