Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan officially opened leading Caterpillar dealer WesTrac’s new Technology Training Centre near the South West town of Collie.
The centre is only the second such training facility in the world focusing on the technical skills required to operate autonomous equipment for use in the resources sector. The State Government contributed $2.7m through the Collie Futures Fund towards the project.
WesTrac CEO Jarvas Croome said training had already commenced at the facility and interest from major mining operators was strong.
“The initial focus is training in fit-out, calibration and maintenance requirements for the conversion and operation of existing Caterpillar haulage vehicles, which are used at most major mine sites around the country,” Mr Croome said.
“We are also planning to expand the range of courses on offer to ensure the facility caters for the skills that will be in demand as the resource sector evolves and the roles associated with that evolution become more technically advanced."
“WA has the highest number of automated haulage fleets anywhere in the world and the WesTrac Technology Training Centre is a vital resource to support automation projects, as well as equipping existing and future workers with essential technical skills to drive the industry forward."
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