Joint effort for apprentices

Posted March 27, 2015

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Darryl Fraser (TAFE Diesel teacher), Greg Mitchell (TAFE Queensland North Regional Director) Brad Ryan (MTU Detroit Diesel) Adrian Pope (Popey’s Diesel Services), Adrian Bush (BHP Billiton).

A collaborative industry effort will enhance the prospects of apprentices in Mount Isa.

It involves a Cannington Mine-donated Mercedes Benz diesel engine which was recently refurbished by Popeys Diesel Service for Certificate III Diesel Engine Fitting block training at Mount Isa TAFE.

Adrian Pope, owner of Popeys Diesel Services said he was once himself an apprentice training at TAFE and knew how invaluable it was to be able to work on modern diesel engines and diagnose and fix problems during training.

“Through the software donated by MTU Detriot Diesel we can program electronic faults for the Diesel Engine Fitting apprentices to find and fix in the TAFE Queensland North workshops,” Mr Pope said.

“I know TAFE and their Diesel Engine Fitting teacher Darryl Fraser is extremely grateful for the donation and will be incorporating the Mercedes Benz engine into the training for Stage 2 and onwards apprentices.”

TAFE Queensland North worked closely with industry in Mount Isa securing training resources that ensured the Diesel Engine Fitting apprentices return to their workshops with the skills that they can put to good use for their employers said Diesel Engine Fitting teacher Darryl Fraser

“At TAFE Queensland North we want the apprentices we train to be job ready and equipped to make a real contribution to the efficient operations of their employers’ workshops,” Mr Fraser said.

“A training resource such as this Mercedes Benz diesel engine will make such a difference to the quality of the training we provide and is a further indication of the close alliance between our local Diesel Industry and TAFE Queensland North.

“Industry has high expectations of the training we provide to their apprentices and this donation is a further expansion of the skillsets we are able to teach their employees.”

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