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Firing up the engines at Midland campus

North Metropolitan TAFE automotive students and lecturers scrutineered all vehicles participating in the 2017 edition of the famous QUIT Targa West rally.

One of Australia's premier Tarmac Rallies, QUIT Targa West is run throughout Western Australia and is one of the highlights of the year for car enthusiasts. Some of the biggest drivers in the country attend the rallies in WA, including Jim Richards, who has won seven Bathurst 1000 and four Australian Touring Car Championships.

The week before the rally all cars competing must undergo a process called scrutineering to ensure vehicles comply with a wide range of technical and safety regulations. This year, the scrutineering was done by North Metropolitan TAFE Automotive staff and students at the college’s Midland campus.

“The set up at Midland campus was perfect for our needs”, Targa West Clerk of Course Ross Tapper said. “It also gave students an opportunity to have a close look at well prepared motorsport cars, something different to standard road cars, while being supervised by their lecturers.” 

“It was a really great day, and we had great support from the automotive team at North Metropolitan TAFE. Hopefully the students enjoyed the experience and we can turn this into an annual event for Targa West – and maybe even expand our partnership.”

Targa West 2.jpgStudents were able to practice the skills they developed in class and to network with some of the most relevant industry partners in a very energetic, enjoyable setting.

“It was a great experience to be part of the scrutineering for Targa West; I would happily do it again”, Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology [Light Vehicle Servicing] pre-apprentice Joel Gray said. 

“It made me realise how much work and effort it takes to run a big event like that and it showed me how hard it is. But everybody worked together to help each other and made it run very smoothly.”

Based on the success of the initiative, North Metropolitan TAFE Building, Design & Technologies Director William Atkinson emphasised his desire to include it in the college’s calendar every year.

“The atmosphere on the day was just fantastic. The organisational aspect was incredible, due to the professionalism of the TARGA rally staff and the dedicated lecturing, technical and facilities staff at North Metropolitan TAFE”, Mr Atkinson said. 

“Events like this strengthen TAFE’s role with local communities, expose our students to professional events and show participants and supporters the amazing training, resources and facilities we provide our students.”

The Jim Richards Classroom
North Metropolitan TAFE’s automotive department also used the event to unveil their surprise initiative: naming all classrooms and workshops after renowned Australian race car drivers, such as Mr Richards. A V8 Supercars Hall of Famer and Australian Motorsports Hall of Famer, Mr Richards came to the Midland campus to sign the door of the classroom that has been named after him. 

Page last updated August 16, 2017