John Coyle, is reinvigorating his career by studying online with TAFE NSW. Currently employed as an engineer at Highland Pine Products in Oberon, Mr Coyle is undertaking a Certificate IV in Engineering course and wants to gain a qualification to improve his skills and achieve greater job diversity.
Mr Coyle loves the convenience and flexibility of studying from home.
“I have a young family and a full-time job so it makes it easier for me to be able to study this way. It’s the only plausible way for me to gain this qualification. Upskilling in engineering allows me to be able to take on more technical aspects and progress further in my organisation. I need to be more technically skilled. I enjoy the challenge and diversity of engineering as a trade and I like the sense of achievement when I get the job done,” Mr Coyle said.
The blended delivery of this course includes one night per week attending class at the students’ local TAFE NSW campus for practical skills in welding and an additional night per week online learning with Adobe Connect and Bridgit sessions. Assistance is available for students who may need more personalised help through smaller group tuition. The courses are also delivered by expert teachers that are trade qualified with industry experience.
Peter Buttenshaw, TAFE NSW teacher recognises the need for state-wide access to these courses to be able to meet industry demand for qualified engineers, with an emphasis on tailoring the course content to industry needs.
“The Certificate IV in Engineering provides students with greater technical knowledge for their engineering trade and also gives them a broader range of skills at a higher level. Some course units provide knowledge for the students to move into a management role. We provided hands-on practical training in Semester 1 and now we’ve moved to computer based units. The students learn CAD drafting, maths, non-destructive testing and the analysis of equipment,” he said.
“The benefit of blended delivery courses means that students don’t need to drive long distances to attend class which helps with safety and convenience. They haven’t had access to these courses before because of the geographic limitations – so it’s about creating accessibility for students.”
The Certificate IV in Engineering is being delivered to students from across the state, including Moss Vale, Goulburn, Wollongong, Bathurst and Cooma.