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Craftsman : Craftsman 2012
RAEME CRAFTSMAN 2012 Throughout the year so far, the RAEME Cell within Development Group, ALTC has made several significant changes to courses undertaken by RAEME tradesmen. All changes have been made to benefit soldiers by enabling greater skills to be obtained, preparing tradesmen for operations and reducing time spent in training. A few of the notable changes are explained below. Recent changes to the Subject 4 Warrant Officer RAEME (ARA) Course will see the release of a new Training Management Package (TMP) which has been approved for Pilot in September 2012. The focus of the new course has moved away from maintenance engineering towards maintenance management, with an increased emphasis on the practical skills required to run a workshop. The course is underpinned by RAEME doctrine and TRAMM-L policy. Training will be delivered using a simplified three module structure, covering MILIS Maintenance Manager, Maintenance Support to Land Operations and Technical Integrity Supervisor responsibilities. It should also be noted that this course will now become a combined course, meaning that all ECNs will complete the same training. The approval of this change is the first step in the evolution of the continuum with the release of DRAFT TMPs for the Subject 4 CPL and SGT courses, using the same three module structure. This change is due to commence in June 2012. The redevelopment of the entire Subject 4 RAEME Continuum using RAEME doctrine and maintenance policy will give stability to the continuum whilst also maintaining workplace relevance to RAEME trades people, at all ranks. Recently approved changes to the Recovery Mechanic IET course will see members awarded the Certificate IV in Driving Operations (Heavy Recovery). This is a significant improvement on the old course which saw a vast array of competencies awarded without achieving any formal qualification. It should be noted that this change in no way influences the specific content of the course. ECN 229 Within the vehicle mechanic suite of courses, a number of modifications are occurring: • The ATT Vehicle Mechanic course now incorporates Auto Air- conditioning, with PMV (Bushmaster) maintenance to be added as soon as training aids become available. • The G-Wagon maintenance course (Gap Training) is currently running at full noise and should see the attendance of some ATT course members by July this year. Gap training will continue as required, but full incorporation of G-wagon maintenance into the ATT VM course will occur by mid 2013. • Abrams M1/M88 maintenance course has been split to become two separate courses. • Bushmaster maintenance has had some duplication in training removed and is now 6 days plus a 3-day first and reverse driver course. ECN 421 The ATT Technician Electronic Systems course now incorporates the following: • Protected Weapon System (PWS) maintenance training; • Remote Weapon Station (RWS) maintenance training; • Direct Fire Support Weapon (DFSW) Javelin maintenance training, and • FP-ECM maintenance training. These inclusions in the ATT course will produce a more rounded and useful Electronics tradesperson, directly out of OJT. These inclusions will also reduce the amount of short equipment courses that Electronic trades will attend early on in their careers. ECN 418 A new system that will be the responsibility of ECN 418 is the Water Purification and Desalinisation System (WPDS). These systems will be located in construction squadrons and combat engineer regiments. The maintenance course for the WPDS will be run by DMO for soldiers posted to these units. ECN146 A number of changes relevant to the fitter armament trade are currently in the works: • Abrams Tank Armament Course has had the M88 Restricted Driver phase removed, saving two days on the course. • The .50 cal module has been placed back onto the Support Weapons Maintenance Course, in order to meet the requirements of the new Infantry Battalion Single Entitlement Document. • Trainees attending the ATT Fitter Armament Course will now also attend the Support Weapons Maintenance Course before being posted on OJT. This means all Fitter Armourer will leave the school fully qualified on the Army's main stay of small arms. ECN235 There have been some changes made to the Metalsmith Conversion Course: • The course is now designed to train Metalsmiths to a Cert IV in Engineering. Metalsmiths will still be recruited with a minimum of Cert III in Engineering but will be mapped against the Cert IV package we have designed. Initial plans were to start the new course this July, however, delays in arranging the new contract and funding has seen the Pilot postponed and a new start date yet to be confirmed. • Research is currently being undertaken in an attempt to streamline the SAAMT and Q&T courses. A number of options have been investigated so far. One is a heavier focus on welding procedures for Q&T steel as opposed to the current platform specific approach to training. Another is the movement of the Abrams Tank phase of the SAAMT course to the Q&T course. TRF training across Army is currently at varying stages of review. This came from a realisation that TRF training specific to a range of specialist and all-corps courses was being overlooked in review processes and often passed off as purely a RAEME problem. The subsequent rewrite and implementation undertaken by the Dev Gp RAEME Cell should work to correct this common misconception and result in the relevant training of All-Corps TRF responsibilities as well as those specific to specialist positions within a range of corps. The Trades Section of the Cell is currently in the process of conducting an Employment Category Review of RAEME Ground Trades. The data collected via personnel surveys and face-to-face forums throughout 2010-11 has been analysed and feasibility reports are being generated for each ECN. These reports outline the current capability of each trade and detail courses of action to resolve any shortfalls. This will ensure that our ground trades remain sustainable and capable of providing the same high standard of maintenance support that Army has enjoyed since 1942. It has been quite a busy start to the year for the RAEME Cell in Development Group and should only continue to get busier with the consolidation of the Employment Category Review results and recommendations, the introduction into service of newly-procured equipment and the ever-evolving maintenance process. RAEME CELL, Development Group, ALTC CAPT Benjamin Bruce SO3 TRG RAEME