New CNC machines installed at Rockingham TAFE for maritime industry training


Four new CNC milling and lathe machines have been installed at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Rockingham campus, which will be used to train defence industry apprentices and post-trade workers.

The Western Australian government said on Thursday that the new investment would see users “gain hands-on experience in manufacturing components” and be used to teach programming, setting and operations for ferrous and non-ferrous materials. The new CNC equipment is programmed with Mastercam software.

“Providing TAFEs with modern equipment for students to train on, and prepare for a seamless transition to the workforce, is crucial to support the reskilling and upskilling of veterans, existing defence workers and new entrants to the industry,” said premier Mark McGowan.

As well as training apprentices, the machinery would be used in post-trade training above Certificate III level in advanced CNC operations and programming.

South Metropolitan TAFE was awarded Academic Institution of the Year at the Australian Defence Industry Awards in September.

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