Aspiring heavy diesel mechanics in the Pilbara can now become qualified locally, with the introduction of heavy vehicle mechanical training at North Regional TAFE’s South Hedland campus.
Heavy diesel apprentices can now undertake their block training in a Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology at North Regional TAFE’s recommissioned South Hedland campus, which has been transformed into a specialist heavy vehicle and engineering trades facility.
It will save students having to travel to Perth for their training and follows extensive consultation with local employers and industry.
Automotive lecturer Billy Muller from the South Hedland campus will lead the delivery of the heavy vehicle training.
The consultation revealed a need to provide additional trade training services and greater opportunities to local residents in Hedland and surrounding communities – an initiative supported by local industry as a result of the Pilbara Collaboration Charter.
The introduction of the new qualification will be complemented by the commencement of light vehicle apprenticeship training in South Hedland, through the Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology.
Director of local company J and S Truck and Machinery, James Herbert has taken advantage of the opportunity by registering an apprentice for the first block of training, which is scheduled to commence in September.
Source: WA Government