TAFE Western's Heavy Vehicle training facilities at Dubbo have been boosted by the donation of a very large Caterpillar engine. Barrick Gold offered a Cat 3512 engine to TAFE after it was removed from one of Cowal Gold Mine's 785 B haul trucks.
The massive piece of equipments weighing about 7 tonnes has now been installed at Dubbo TAFE College's Heavy Vehicle training facility at Purvis Lane and is already contributing to apprentice training.
Cowal Gold Mine, Community Relations Manager, Richard Savage supported the donation saying it will provide additional training opportunities for apprentices leading to improved understanding and skills in mine specific equipment.
"Cowal Gold Mine supports initiatives that build the skills and capabilities of apprentices. Apprentices are our future trade's people so quality training is essential to ensure safe, quality work practices"
Heavy Vehicle Teachers at Dubbo are pleased to have access to the equipment that is of immediate relevance to many of the apprentices they teach.
Adrian Mitchell, TAFE Western Institute Director said, "I would like to express our gratitude to Barrick Gold for the engine. It represents a significant contribution to our capacity to train apprentices who work to service equipment like this in the mining industry."
"TAFE Western is proud of its Heavy Vehicle training section in Dubbo. It makes a great contribution towards overcoming the skills shortages in maintenance of vehicle and equipment used in the mining, road transport and agricultural industries."
"Having access to equipment like this further enhances our teachers' abilities to offer innovating and relevant training which is aligned to job opportunities in our local industries", he said.
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