Resources, defence and space industry technologies on show!

Some of the State's new, groundbreaking resources, defence and space industry technologies will be unveiled at the Resources Technology Showcase at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, on June 21 and 22.

Supported by the McGowan Government, North Metropolitan TAFE and South Metropolitan TAFE have teamed up to provide an interactive experience of some of the high-tech equipment in their training arsenal, including one of 16 new augmented reality welding simulators. The new simulators support the delivery of fabrication apprenticeships at South Metropolitan TAFE's Naval Base campus, by enabling students to learn welding skills in a controlled and safe environment.

With the State Government's $18 million package of initiatives to support upcoming defence projects and enhance Western Australia's capacity to secure defence work, the investment in welding simulators will help to equip the future welding workforce for the rapid scale-up of defence and shipbuilding projects in WA. The Mobile CUT Mine is also on display, which is a mini replica of the unique simulated underground CUT Mine located at North Metropolitan TAFE's Perth campus. It is used to expose students to a real underground mine environment prior to gaining employment.

Other technology featured at 'The TAFE experience' includes programmable mobile robot trucks called mBots, drones used for site inspections, surveillance and thermal imaging for asset maintenance and stockpile analysis, and a Robot Arm and Smart Factory simulating the robotic technology used in factories.

The Resources Technology Showcase is free to attend, and is taking place on June 21 and 22. Find out more, and register here

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery says "It is quite remarkable seeing firsthand our State's technological capabilities and the innovation keeping the WA training system at the forefront of industry innovation. With automation in the defence and resources industries increasing, the McGowan Government's support for TAFE provides students with the best training you can get."

Read the full media statement from the Minister here

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