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TMEC’s Advanced Manufacturing Centre has welcomed the expansion of its training capabilities and technologies with the opening of a welding simulator training centre within its Burnie site.

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

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

Introduction of the welding training centre came in response to industry feedback via the Advanced Manufacturing Centre and the requirement for apprenticeship support in the sector.

Equipment in the new centre was funded by the Australian Government and announced by the then Federal Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham in recognition of the advanced manufacturing hub developing in North West Tasmania.

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

“High quality skills means local businesses have job-ready apprentices so they can grow and take advantage of the opportunities of Tasmania’s stronger economy and reputation as a world-leader in supporting the defence, maritime and advanced manufacturing sectors,” the Minister said.

“These new welding simulators and training opportunities will help make North West Tasmania a skills hub. They will give local businesses the workers with the right skills and training to do the job.”

The centre was the first of its kind in Australia and is an example of the training revolution occurring based on innovative technology. Weld Australia noted that the addition of the centre would raise the standard of welder education exponentially and help put Australian welder training on par with the best in Europe and America.

The portability of the welding simulators is another key advantage of the TMEC centre’s equipment.

Advanced Manufacturing Coordinator, Kent Wyllie said that the ability to take equipment to students, especially in regional areas, would help grow the exposure and interest in welding and assist with ensuring a supply of next-generation welders in Tasmania.

“We’re able to take the simulators into schools and allow students to use them in a safe and exciting environment,” Kent said.

“The simulators could also be used by industry to develop welding techniques and standards in a way that is faster and less expensive than traditional methods.”

The welding simulator training centre can be booked by contacting Kent Wyllie, TMEC Advanced Manufacturing Coordinator at advman@tasminerals.com.au