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Water and Energy Trades Centre of Excellence

TasTAFE’s Water and Energy Trades Centre of Excellence is being developed in collaboration with industry to ensure that Tasmania has a skilled workforce to fully maximise the state’s competitive advantage in water, energy and related sectors.

The Centre of Excellence building will have a floor area of over 5000 square metres spread across two levels and is being built on land adjacent to existing construction and allied trades workshops, creating a trades training hub at TasTAFE’s Clarence Campus.

It will include a three-storey stack to replicate the pipes and inner workings of a multi-storey building. It will include a structural design and learning spaces that are flexible and able to be reconfigured as needs change.

The Centre of Excellence will use contemporary learning resources and technology to deliver modern, authentic training that is aligned to industry.

About the project

The Water and Energy Trades Centre of Excellence will house TasTAFE’s southern-based plumbing, gas, refrigeration, air conditioning and electrotechnology training in a fit-for purpose building. It will use contemporary learning resources and technology to deliver modern, authentic training that is aligned to industry.

Location: TasTAFE’s Clarence Campus, Warrane.

Infrastructure: State of the art facilities with a structural design and learning spaces that are flexible and able to be reconfigured as needs change.

Funding: $21 million funded by the Tasmanian and Australian Governments.

Architects: ARTAS Architects in partnership with FMSA Architecture.

Construction: Hansen Yuncken


  • The construction design is complete.
  • In December 2021, Hansen Yuncken was announced as the successful contractor to build the centre following an open tender process.
  • They commenced building work in January 2022.
  • The building phase is expected to take around 12 months and the Centre is expected to be completed and ready to offer training in 2023.

Industry Sponsorship Opportunity

The TasTAFE Water and Energy Trades Centre of Excellence is an exciting new opportunity for Tasmanian businesses and industry to show support and commitment to the training and development of future generations of water and energy trades graduates.

If you and/or your business would like to support the future growth and direction of these essential trades through a form of sponsorship, please register your interest below.

Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

See the latest from the project

Construction Update – June 2022

Work is progressing on the WET CoE and the building is really starting to take shape!

  • The sandpit concrete slab and walls are complete and installation of precast panels has commenced.
  • Another milestone was completed recently with the ground floor slab concrete pour which will allow the precast panels to progress.

TasTAFE are continuing discussions with Industry representative to determine how they can support the CoE training requirements.

Construction Update – May 2022

Construction is progressing well.

  • the ground floor concrete slab is now complete.
  • installation of pre-cast panels continues
  • the creation of the sandpit is also taking shape

There is a lot of Industry interest in the site. Hansen Yuncken and TasTAFE have recently hosted the following visits:

  • Construction education team – 40 staff and students observed the first quadrant slab pour and learned about batching concrete.
  • Tas Networks Training team  – approx. 20 of TasNetworks trainers and assessors toured the site as part of their Professional Development day.

We look forward to future visits by Industry representatives and other education and training providers as work progresses.

Construction Update – April 2022

Construction on the project hit a significant milestone in April with the concrete slab for the building being poured.

The concrete pour provided a Learning opportunity for construction apprentices – 13 April, 2022.

Recent construction work on-site includes:

  • ground floor slab formwork and reinforcement installation
  • ground floor and sandpit slab pours
  • sandpit wall installation
  • the installation of ground floor columns

Construction Update – March 2022

Construction is underway on the Water and Energy Trades Centre of Excellence.

Construction company, Hansen Yuncken, have been working on-site since January.

  • In-ground installation of water, electrics and sewers and footing bindings are already complete.
  • Current work includes footing excavation and pouring, sandpit stormwater installation and compaction.
  • April will see the building start to go up with slab pours and formwork.
  • Site Tour – 29 March, 2022.

Construction Update – February 2022

Drone footage of site preparation work, February 2022 (Photos courtesy of Hansen Yuncken)

Industry support

The Centre of Excellence is supported by a number of key industry bodies.

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