Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Minister for Finance; Commerce; Women's Interests

    Western Australia’s cutting-edge training technology to be unveiled

    20/06/2021 3:30 PM
    • Defence, resources, automation and applied engineering technologies showcased
    • Test run one of TAFE's new augmented reality welding simulators
    • Access to high-tech training critical to State's future 

    Some of the State's new, groundbreaking resources, defence and space industry technologies will be unveiled at the Resources Technology Showcase at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.


    Supported by the McGowan Government, North Metropolitan TAFE and South Metropolitan TAFE have teamed up to provide an interactive experience of some of the high-tech equipment in their training arsenal, including one of 16 new augmented reality welding simulators.


    The new simulators support the delivery of fabrication apprenticeships at South Metropolitan TAFE's Naval Base campus by enabling students to learn welding skills in a controlled and safe environment.


    With the State Government's $18 million package of initiatives to support upcoming defence projects and enhance Western Australia's capacity to secure defence work, the McGowan Government's investment in the welding simulators will help to equip the future welding workforce for the rapid scale-up of defence and shipbuilding projects in WA.


    The Mobile CUT Mine is also on display, which is a mini replica of the unique simulated underground CUT Mine located at North Metropolitan TAFE's Perth campus. It is used to expose students to a real underground mine environment prior to gaining employment.


    Other technology featured at 'The TAFE experience' includes programmable mobile robot trucks called mBots, drones used for site inspections, surveillance and thermal imaging for asset maintenance and stockpile analysis, and a Robot Arm and Smart Factory simulating the robotic technology used in factories.


    Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:


    "It is quite remarkable seeing firsthand our State's technological capabilities and the innovation keeping the WA training system at the forefront of industry innovation.


    "With automation in the defence and resources industries increasing, the McGowan Government's support for TAFE provides students with the best training you can get."


    Minister's office - 6552 5700