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The election funding commitment by Labor for $1.5 million to purchase and install a state-of-the-art CNC Machining facility to train apprentices and upskill existing workers will be a platform to improved productivity and higher paid jobs.

Computerised Numerical Control (CNC) machining produces highly accurate and often complex components which are inputs to the machines assembled for the high-tech sectors such as aeronautics, space, marine and numerous other twenty first century machines.

Given the complexity of the equipment and its three-dimensional capability, it is relatively easy to damage the job or even the CNC itself. A simulator is now in use across the state and acts as a virtual machine but now people undergoing training will have a machine which is not in a production environment to learn and gain the skills and confidence.

CNCs are progressively being adopted by Tasmanian companies as they seek to produce goods to a higher standard and improve productivity. Manufacturers who have this equipment open up new markets, products, and customers.

Ray Mostogl CEO of Tasmanian Minerals, Manufacturing and Energy Council (TMEC) said, “The CNC facility will be another flagship addition to the investment underway in TasTAFE and in supporting the vocational education sector which ultimately supports the expansion of Tasmania’s manufacturing sector”.

“Machining requires three-dimensional thinking. Like sculptors who start out with a piece of marble or wood, the operator starts with a block of steel or other material and removes material progressively and in a critical sequence to end up with the finished product. There is an art and a science in doing this well.”

TMEC represents businesses in the mining, manufacturing and energy sectors responsible for producing most of Tasmania’s exports.

The minerals and manufacturing sector alone employs over 18,000 people and contributed nearly $2.8 billion in exports last financial year. Importantly, many of the jobs created by the sector are in regional Tasmania and the businesses are vital to regional economies.