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Centre of Excellence

A range of opportunities at TMEC headquarters in Burnie

TMEC is located within the Manufacturing Centre of Excellence at 13 Wellington Street in Burnie on Tasmania’s North-West Coast.

The Centre is home to facilities, training spaces and equipment designed to develop workers’ and students’ skills in advanced manufacturing, with broader benefits of meeting rooms and productivity learning experiences. 

Elphinstone Simulated Work Environment

Simulated Work Environment

The only facility of its type in Australia and available for a unique group training (including private groups) to learn the fundamentals of LEAN business processes and Continuous Improvement training. Operated by Productivity Improvers, it’s the largest SWE in the Southern hemisphere. 

Training is based on Elphinstone Production Systems methods to boost productivity, cost effectiveness and quality while reducing safety related issues in any industry.

Drawing on Lean Principles including Chase Waste, Make it Visual, Go See Act, and Put Safety First, the training encourages continuous improvement with an emphasis on collaboration and team communication as participants work within a simulated production-line environment.

  • Courses are delivered by Productivity Improvers
  • Combined practical exercises and theory
  • Builds team efficiency and trust
  • Suitable for any industry.

Discounted one or three-day training courses are available to all TMEC Advanced Manufacturing Association Members, with the three-day course including subjects accredited via The Australian Maritime College.


Advanced Welding Training Centre

The Advanced Welding Training Centre features eight portable welding simulators available for use by industry, schools, TAFE students and trainers to develop welding skills in a safe environment.

TMEC are an approved Weld Australia certifier and are able to upskill existing staff as welding inspectors and supervisors. 

The virtual-reality simulators mimic real welding experiences and are compatible with live welding equipment. They provide statistical feedback on weld quality, accuracy and comparative improvements in technique.

  • First of its kind in Australia
  • Develop welding skills and techniques
  • Safe learning environment
  • Portable equipment
  • Faster and less expensive than traditional learning methods.

A total of $650,000 has been invested by the Australian Government in establishing the welding training centre with a further $100,000 to ensure Tasmanian TAFE trainers have the skills and knowledge to deliver world-class training.

training leadership at TMEC

Leadership Training

A full-day, facilitated course for TMEC industry member staff using examples from participants’ real life and work experiences to demonstrate best practices in leadership styles and techniques.

The structure and content of the course is a precursor to Certificate IV training in Leadership and Management.

Aimed at Tasmanian industry members who are transitioning from a role of ‘worker’ to ‘leader’, the course covers:

  • Transitioning from ‘worker’ to ‘leader’
  • The essence of leadership
  • Time management, planning and delegation
  • Effective communication, and
  • Leading safety at work.

The Leading safety at work module provides an overview of Work Health and Safety legislation and regulations and the concept of duty of care. In relatively high risk industries of mining, mineral processing, energy generation and manufacturing, the role of leader is intrinsically bound to an organisation’s safety systems and the ability to effectively identify and manage risk.

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