South Regional TAFE ahead of the curve with new automation equipment

Students at South Regional TAFE’s Albany campus are future-proofing their career choices by learning vital skills in automation, boosted by new cutting edge technology. Automation has been identified as a priority training area for South Regional TAFE, with the new equipment enabling the college to provide industry-relevant training using the latest technology.

The cost of the Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations is heavily reduced under the State Government’s Lower fees, local skills initiative, keeping training fees low.

The State Government’s $25 million investment in new state of the art equipment is being rolled out across Western Australia’s TAFE network, with South Regional TAFE receiving $1.115 million during Stage 1 of the Modern TAFE Equipment Program. Albany TAFE campus is receiving $438,000 as part of Stage 1 of the program, while the Collie campus is receiving $677,000. All five WA TAFE colleges are receiving new equipment as part of the four-year program to upgrade and modernise equipment to meet contemporary industry standards. The investment supports training demand and emerging industry training needs  — helping students, apprentices and trainees to become job ready.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery was in Albany today to visit the newly fitted out workshop for autonomous workplace operations, complete with a brand new robotic track that uses radio frequency identification tags to hone in on targets. Other new automation equipment at the Albany campus includes a drone system, laser cutters, 3D printer, mobile communications unit, autonomous vehicle with smart controls and mobile processing plant.

“Automation crosses all functions within industry and involves a broad range of technologies," saidthe Minister. “Industries are increasingly transitioning to the use of automation and predictive technology to maximise productivity, so it is important we are providing skills in this field for the jobs of the future. The McGowan Government is equipping Western Australians with resources and training so they have in-demand skills and finish their studies job ready.”

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