23 June 2021
NMTAFE joined the heavyweights of WA’s mining and resources sectors to show off the latest in training tech for students interested in entering the mining and resources industry, at the recent Resources Technology Showcase 2021.
The free event held at PCEC on 21-22 June gave visitors the chance to interact with virtual reality, drones, robots, space developments and all of the extraordinary innovation that is being developed and used across WA.
Visitors to NMTAFE’s stand were treated to a chance to experience our Mobile CUT Mine, a miniature replica of the unique simulated underground CUT Mine at our Perth campus.
Upon entering and experiencing the sights and sounds of being underground, visitors could watch (through 2D animation) a series of short videos about a surveyor, environmental scientist, geologist, metallurgist, virtual reality developer and robotics technician to learn about the technologies used in their jobs.
Jobs and Skills Centre staff spoke to school students, VET coordinators, career counsellors and members of the public about the range of careers and study pathways available to enter the mining and resources industry.
WA Education and Training Minister, Sue Ellery, toured the TAFE exhibition, which included SMTAFE’s augmented reality welding simulator and programmable mobile robot trucks called mBots.
“It is quite remarkable seeing firsthand our State’s technological capabilities and the innovation keeping the WA training system at the forefront of industry innovation,” Mrs Ellery said.
“With automation in the defence and resources industries increasing, the McGowan Government’s support for TAFE provides students with the best training you can get.”
Hosted by SevenWest Media, RTS was supported by the WA Government and sponsored by INPEX, FMG, Rio Tinto, Telstra, Gold Industry Group, Roy Hill, Woodside, Caterpillar, Westrac, BHP, UWA, Shell, Business Events Perth, Fugro and the City of Perth.
For more information on the courses at NMTAFE that can lead to a career in mining go to our Careers in focus: Mining industry page.