Construction of METRONET training facility reaches next stop

Construction of a $5.6 million specialist METRONET Trade Training Centre at North Metropolitan TAFE’s Midland campus has entered a new chapter, with Stage 2 works worth $4.6 million now underway.

Developed in consultation with industry, the project will deliver Western Australia’s first dedicated public facility to support training for jobs in the rail industry and to meet the diverse training needs of the METRONET program.

Stage 2 works will include construction of a dual-track level crossing, including a maintenance track and crossover; a stand-alone Signalling Equipment Room to enable hands on training in using and maintenance of signal equipment; and a section of rail line to train in the maintenance of various gauges of rail.

The contract for the design and construction of Stage 2 works was awarded to John Holland Rail, and once completed, the METRONET Trade Training Centre will upskill workers for:

  • the construction and maintenance of the METRONET network and rail rolling stock; and 
  • rail operations and signalling to support WA’s wider rail networks owned and operated by the State Government and resource companies.

The new facility will help to ensure local content on METRONET projects, which are creating job opportunities for local workers, pre-apprentices and apprentices.

Stage 1 works, completed in October 2020 by builder M Construction Ltd, included the creation of rail signalling workshops and the introduction of electrical rail signalling qualifications to complement the range of engineering qualifications supporting METRONET manufacturing and maintenance. The work enabled a pilot group of employees from Rio Tinto, John Holland Group and Hitachi to commence the Certificate IV in Electrical Rail Signalling from Semester 1 2021, and people with a WA electrical licence to undertake the Certificate IV in Electrical Rail Signalling from Semester 2, 2021.

The new facilities will also cater to the increased demand for training thanks to the expansion of the Lower fees, local skills initiative. Many courses included in the program are essential to METRONET including:

  • Certificate II and III in Automotive Electrical Technology;
  • Certificate II and III in Electrotechnology;
  • Certificate II in Engineering (Heavy Fabrication; Light Fabrication; Mechanical Fitter and Machinist);
  • Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Heavy/Welding YH; Light YC; Fitter and Machinist ZB; Mechanical Fitter ZA);
  • Certificate II in Engineering Pathways;
  • Certificate IV in Engineering;
  • Certificate IV in Electrical - Instrumentation; and
  • Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade. 

Construction of Stage 2 is expected to be completed in October 2022, with training to commence in January 2023.

“The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring Western Australians have the skills they need to capitalise on our huge investment in transport infrastructure and to meet the demand of work," said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. “Major projects such as METRONET are creating thousands of local jobs and opportunities for local businesses. The METRONET Trade Training Centre is the first dedicated public facility of its kind and industry helped shape its development. This is further to the McGowan Government investing a record $215.8 million to carry out significant TAFE upgrades across the State, creating world-class learning opportunities and generating a pipeline of jobs.”

Page last updated October 07, 2022