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One of a kind Rig brings training at TAFE to new levels

Northern Star Mining Services (NSMS) have brought the Christmas festivities early to Central Regional TAFE (CRTAFE) by donating a new underground drill rig which has been custom built for training at the Kalgoorlie Campus.

The purpose built training drill rig is decked out with an RCS control system and is estimated to be worth over $200,000 with only one other similar piece of training equipment existing in Australia.

NSMS sought the expertise of Maintenance Technique, who manufactured the training drill rig using new and repurposed equipment. They also sent an apprentice and tradesman to South Australia to assist in building the rig, which took over 8 weeks to make.

NSMS Maintenance Manager Aaron Armstrong said it was a priority for NSMS to support the local TAFE and ensure apprentices are receiving the best training possible.

“Our organisation alone is going to have approximately 38 apprentices by the start of next year so it’s very important that we support their training by assisting CRTAFE in having industry standard equipment and machinery for students to learn on” Mr Armstrong said.

“This equipment brings relevancy to their training, as they will take the skills they learn at TAFE back to the worksite” he said.

“We are committed to our community and ensuring a secure workforce for the future, so supporting local education providers like TAFE is vital as they are instrumental in providing the industry with the next generation of tradespeople” he said.

Maintenance Technique also donated the time to deliver the training drill rig to Kalgoorlie-Boulder and provide training to CRTAFE lecturers.

Technical Support Fitter, Gavin Cunningham from Maintenance Technique said the training rig would assist students to become familiar with modern complex machinery, automation and electrical control systems.

“We’ve tried to create a replica of an underground production drill rig, including the same sensors, control systems and valves” Mr Cunningham said.

“This system relies on the person working on it to understand how the electronic side interacts with the hydraulics side and without knowing both it makes it difficult to diagnose problems, so it really brings both together and helps both fitters and auto electricians understand how both sides of the machine interacts with each other” he said.

CRTAFE Managing Director Bill Swetman said this was a very significant donation for the TAFE that will greatly benefit and enhance the skills set of apprentices.

“The training drill rig is truly purpose built to provide students with the best training and experience on current industry standard machinery, which will greatly assist them when back in the workplace” Mr Swetman said.

“It will enhance our training program across a number of areas including Engineering, Heavy Automotive Plant, Automotive, Automotive Electrical, Electrical and Fluid Power/Hydraulics” he said.

“As the only state TAFE vocational education and training provider in the Goldfields region, we rely on the support of the community and local industry. It is often very expensive to keep training equipment current and donations such as this help us to ensure our training continues to be relevant so our students are job ready. We a very appreciative to NSMS for their support” he said.

This donation follows a previous donation from NSMS of a HLX5 Rock Drill and the significant increase of their apprenticeship intake for 2018 to 15 first year apprentices across a variety of trades (two-three times more than previous years).

The training drill rig was officially handed over and delivered to the CRTAFE Kalgoorlie Campus on Tuesday 6 November 2018.

 

 

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(L-R) Apprentice India Hayward, CRTAFE Lecturer Stephen Beamish, NSMS Maintenance Manager Aaron Armstrong, Apprentice Thomas Collins, Maintenance Technique Gavin Cunningham

Page last updated November 21, 2018