Melbourne engineering firm to open new Townsville site

Advanced Technology Testing and Research (ATTAR) will open a third site at James Cook University in Townsville, providing industry engagement and engineering training to students.


The company’s north Australian office will open in November, and was described by JCU’s head of engineering Daniel Christie as a vote of confidence in the city.


“ATTAR is a niche, high-tech engineering firm that specialises in Non-Destructive Testing and materials science, which will complement JCU’s expertise in the field,” Christie said in a statement from the university on Thursday.


“The collaboration with ATTAR will grow the capabilities of JCU in addition to creating a close connection with industry that will benefit the region.


“The partnership will provide local training and consulting services that would otherwise require travel to the capital cities to obtain. It’s laying the foundation for a more expansive relationship, and I believe, especially given the critical skills shortage in North Queensland, this is just the start for JCU and ATTAR’s collaboration within the region.”


ATTAR was established in 1986 and is headquartered in Keysborough, Melbourne, with another office in Morley, WA. Its services include as an authorised qualifying body and registered training organisation. According to its website its range of expertise takes in “non-destructive testing, failure analysis and forensic engineering, risk assessment services, specialist testing of structures and vessels, and the provision of expert witness services.” 


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