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New diesel electric truck to help train next generation of transport workers

The Byrnecut Group has donated a special diesel electric haulage truck to help train the transport workers of tomorrow

The Western Australian government has revealed that a new diesel electric truck will help train the next generation of transport and automotive workers.

Byrnecut Group has donated a 60T diesel electric underground mining truck to WA’s South Metropolitan TAFE to train prospective workers.

The haulage truck has retired from the mines but will still continue to serve the industry by training mechanical and electrical apprentices and trainees at the TAFE’s Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Training Centre.

The centre, situated in Thornlie, WA, is home to industry equipment similar to real-life working environments to help give students job-ready skills.

The purpose-built underground mining truck has been part of Byrnecut’s significant investment in sustainable mining technology, with the model completing more than 200 loads during operational testing.

Now, the truck will teach students how to repair a range of mining and civil construction equipment using next generation electric drive solutions.

“Byrnecut’s donation is an example of how South Metropolitan TAFE collaborates with industry partners to ensure they’re training highly skilled and employable graduates,” WA training and workforce development assisting minister Hannah Beazley says.

“This underground truck will provide students, who are the next generation of heavy automotive professionals, with hands-on experience and a deeper understanding of how electric mining vehicles work.”

The Byrnecut Group is one of South Metropolitan TAFE’s largest employers, with more than 150 apprentices and trainees currently training across its automotive and electrical trades.

The donation complements the WA government’s $25 million investment in new equipment being rolled out across the state’s TAFE network.

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