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Construction commences on $7.5 million Mackay heavy auto training facility

The Queensland government says the world-class specialist facility will present new opportunities to the Mackay region

Construction is now underway on a multi-million-dollar specialist training facility for heavy automotive trades at the CQUniversity Mackay Ooralea campus.

The Queensland government says the facility will be operational by Term 2, 2024 and will complement exisiting trade training facilities while sitting adjacent to the university.

Queensland minister for training and skills development Di Farmer says that after the unveiling of a similar facility at CQU’s Rockhampton campus, it’s now Mackay’s turn to kickstart new opportunities.

“The new facility will contribute to the regional economy and allow the public training provider, CQU, to continue changing lives and support communities and industry through skills-based training,” Farmer says.

“By boosting training capacity, the redeveloped trade training centre will supply a pipeline of qualified heavy automotive professionals, which is crucial to keeping the region’s industries running.”

The 1,610 square metre site will include workshop space, teaching areas and staff spaces. Specialist equipment including an air brake simulator, hydraulic training stations, transmission training simulators, diesel engine benches and an air suspension training stand for trucks is also being provided.

The facility will enable CQU to nearly triple its student capacity in the trade discipline from 140 to more than 400 students.

“Once the upgrade is completed, final year apprentices will no longer have to travel for up to four hours to Rockhampton or Emerald to complete required training blocks, saving them time and money,” Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert says.

CQUniversity deputy vice-president Peter Heilbuth says the facility is much needed for the Mackay region given its high reliance on skilled trade professionals to boost its economy.

“The facility will deliver apprentices and trainees world-class facilities and equipment to ensure they get the most out of their training experience,” Heilbuth says.

“This better prepares them for their future careers and the needs and expectations of their industry.

“This will also have a positive impact on their employers as apprentices will be trained using the latest resources and technology.”

With the construction of this facility, CQUniversity will now be able to deliver heavy automotive trade courses in full within the Mackay region.

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