Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Former Minister for Training and Workforce Development; Corrective Services

    New mining and engineering training facility for WA

    30/08/2012 12:00 AM
    • State’s largest fluid power centre opens
    • Places WA at forefront of pneumatics and hydraulics training
    Training opportunities for Western Australian apprentices, defence personnel and tradespeople will be significantly boosted with the launch of the State’s largest fluid power institute in Midland.

    Training and Workforce Development Minister Murray Cowper today officially opened the Polytechnic West Fluid Power Institute, which is designed to offer specialist training to students who will use $1.2million worth of new training equipment.

    Mr Cowper said fluid power contributed to the State’s economic strength, with demand for more skilled workers from the resources industry leading to the development of the new facility.

    “Fluid power, the overarching term for pneumatics and hydraulics, is used to power machinery across many different industries including mining, agriculture, marine and aerospace,” he said.

    “For example, within our iron ore industry, it is the backbone of the equipment that digs holes, transports materials, loads ships, crushes ore and operates bull dozers.

    “Almost any piece of equipment used in producing or handling the ore will use fluid power.

    “This new institute puts WA at the forefront of the national fluid power field.”

    The institute has two pneumatic laboratories, a hydraulics/pneumatic workshop and classrooms, plus a mobile facility to provide onsite hydraulics training throughout the State.

    The Minister said an innovative and vibrant training sector was crucial in meeting the State’s need for skilled workers.

    “The creation of State Training Providers (STP), formerly known as TAFEs, has changed the landscape of Western Australia’s publicly funded training system,” Mr Cowper said.

    “Our STPs now enjoy greater autonomy and are more responsive to industry needs, as demonstrated by Polytechnic West’s exciting new facility.”
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    • Fluid Power Training Centre launch part of National Skills Week, Aug 27-Sept 2
    Minister's office - 6552 5700