Paul Mead, James Emblem, Jacob Murkins, Max O'Ryan, Luke Forrest, Dylan Harvey, Curtis Hughes and James Martin with the machinery parts.
TAFE Western’s heavy vehicle mechanical apprentices will gain hands-on experience using specialised mining machinery, following the generous donation of machinery parts from Newcrest’s Cadia Valley Operations (CVO).
CVO’s donation includes two complete axle assemblies for an underground Sandvik loader and 11 steering cylinders for a Sandvik Toro 60 underground dump truck, currently on long-term loan from CVO to TAFE Western.
The axle assemblies and steering cylinders are worth more than $200,000 to purchase new.
CVO General Manager Tony McPaul said the donation will not only benefit CVO’s apprentices, but approximately 250 heavy vehicle mechanical apprentices across TAFE Western.
“The students will gain practical, hands-on experience with equipment which is not normally accessible outside an operating mine and will help them to complete their training with a higher degree of skill development than most apprentices,” Mr McPaul said.
TAFE Western’s Institute Director Kate Baxter said the donation of this specialised mining machinery continued a long-standing partnership between TAFE and CVO.
“Practical, hands-on experience is vitally important for all apprentices and thanks to the continued support of CVO, TAFE Western will be able to provide the best learning facilities for our students now and into the future,” Ms Baxter said.