For students studying at the Hunter TAFE Kurri Kurri Campus, key to the quality of training is the close relationship between the industry and its teachers.
The Plant, Heavy Vehicle and Auto Electrical Training Centre at Kurri Kurri TAFE Campus is one of the finest examples of just how important industry partnerships are in delivering the highest quality skills training and education.
Each year organisations across the Hunter region donate a range of components, systems and complete machines to the Kurri Kurri Training Centre. Just in the past 12 months, some of the equipment donated included a Sandvik ED20 LHD underground coal loader, three electronic Caterpillar engines, two Cummins engines, assorted hydraulic components, Transportation, Truck body, two Forklifts and a 16G Caterpillar motor grader.
The donation of equipment ensures the Plant, Heavy Vehicle and Auto Electrical Training Centre is equipped with a wide range of machinery to be used in the practical hands-on course components. This is where students get the opportunity to put theory to practice in the state-of-the-art workshops on campus.
Sandvik Mining Flameproof Load and Haul Technical Support Manager, Joe Sundquist is one industry partner who says the donation is about supporting the very training facility that provides the latest skills training to its employers.
“Technology is changing and so are diesel engines, which now have major electronic components so we need to ensure our staff are trained in the latest electronic technology,” said Mr Sundquist.
“We rely on TAFE to train our staff in the latest courses, particularly in the areas of diesel engines with electronic control so our mechanical tradesmen can maintain and service electronic controlled engines.”
“Importantly, by donating the equipment we are enabling students, apprentices and trainees the opportunity to work on a Sandvik underground coal loader and become familiar with underground mining equipment, engines, transmissions and the flame proofing components needed to make an underground mining engine safe.”
“This then benefits employers in industry like Sandvik, because we know that current and future staff are receiving training that is practical, hands-on and provides them with skills and experience relevant to jobs working in industry,” said Mr Sundquist.
The donations contribute to the reputation of Kurri Kurri TAFE’s Plant, Heavy Vehicle and Auto Electrical Training Centre which is the one of largest dedicated, high-tech automotive training facility in Australia.
Hunter TAFE would like to acknowledge all of the businesses that have donated equipment and services to the Training facility in the past twelve months including: Komatsu, Expressway Spares, Sandvik, Glencore, Caterpillar Australia, Gilbert and Roach, Betts Bower Transport, Hogan’s Transport, Damfoss, Boral, Rosebrook Sand & Gravel, Heritage Holden, Liebherr & Moorefield Plant Repairs.