The Defence Materiel Organisation has embraced one of the key recommendations of the Senate Inquiry into Engineering Skill Shortages.
The Defence Materiel Organisation has embraced one of the key recommendations of the Senate Inquiry into Engineering Skill Shortages and a number of Defence reviews (including the Technical Regulatory Framework Workforce Review) by appointing Mark Devlin as Head of Engineering Profession, a stand-alone senior executive technical role that will both provide high level technical expertise and guidance for the development of the engineering profession within the DMO.
Professionals Australia has been calling for the establishment of such role for the past 5 years and welcomes the decision.
“This is a key step in beginning to address the critical engineering workforce issues identified in recent engineering workforce reviews and we look forward to working with Mr Devlin in his new role. This would be a good opportunity for other Defence groups to follow DMO’s lead and establish high level engineering roles” said Chris Walton, Chief Executive, Professionals Australia.
Mr Devlin has over 20 years of experience within Defence after joining the Department as an experienced systems engineer in 1992. He has been the Director General Electronic Warfare since 2007 with responsibility for over 25 key projects and related sustainment across all tactical domains and a budget of around $2 billion and more recently was the Acting Head of the Electronic Systems Division with responsibility for a workforce of over 1000 civilian and military people. Mr Devlin also has considerable experience across defence industry in both the UK and USA.
Mark has an honours degree in engineering science and has undertaken postgraduate studies in weapons systems and sensors engineering.