New equipment preparing TasTAFE students for the latest industry technology

Published on: 19 Feb 2024

Two people in a metals workshop standing in front of a new simulator

TasTAFE metals and manufacturing students now have the opportunity to use a new state-of-the-art simulator thanks to a partnership with the Tasmanian Minerals, Manufacturing and Energy Council (TMEC).

With support from the Tasmanian Minerals, Manufacturing and Energy Council (TMEC), a new CNC simulator has recently been installed at TasTAFE’s Bender Drive training facility in Derwent Park, allowing students to train on fit for purpose equipment that aligns to current future industry training demand.

Computer numerical control (CNC) is a manufacturing method that automates the control, movement and precision of machine tools through the use of preprogrammed computer software, which is embedded inside tools.

The CNC simulator allows students and apprentices to get exposure to the set-up, programming and operation of CNCs without the need for an actual machine.

TasTAFE Acting Director, Future Students and Industry, Matthew Dance (pictured with TMEC General Manager, Vanessa Skipworth), said the new simulator was the result of industry consultation undertaken in partnership with TMEC as part of the Tasmanian Government’s Industry Partnerships Program.

“TasTAFE and Tasmanian Minerals, Manufacturing and Energy Council Limited (TMEC) have a memorandum of understanding to bolster Tasmania’s manufacturing, energy and mining sectors.

“Through the MoU, TMEC is supporting TasTAFE with industry-led training solutions that align with the relevant sectors. Consultations with industry over the past year identified training apprentices and students in CNC technologies as a priority.”

TMEC CEO, Ray Mostogl, said: “TMEC is committed to supporting the manufacturing sector increase productivity which underpins higher wages for more workers and increases state exports. CNC technology is one part of the solution for the manufacturing sector.

Many businesses use CNC, 3D and Collaborative Robot (COBOT) technologies in their manufacturing processes and there is a growing need for workers skilled in the set-up programming and operations of CNCs.

“The simulator enables novices to gain valuable knowledge and skills in a safe environment. TMEC values the partnership with TasTAFE to deliver this first step in upskilling and transforming manufacturing facilities. We continue to look for opportunities to advance the training technology and resources in partnership with TasTAFE,” Mr Mostogl said.

Mr Dance said TasTAFE recognised it needed to support industry by offering training that covers advanced manufacturing, such as 3D printing technologies and COBOT for welding and manufacturing areas.

“We have recently recruited two teachers who are highly skilled in CNC trades and this simulator will allow them to impart their skills and knowledge to our students.

“We look forward to continuing to work with industry to meet their training needs,” Mr Dance said.

The Industry Partnerships Program is supported by the Tasmanian Government through the Department of State Growth.

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