A HULKING investment has been made in Dubbo Heavy Vehicle Apprentices at TAFE Western after a $1 million underground dump truck was delivered today.
The 60-tonne, three and a half metre wide and 10 metre long piece of machinery is on long term loan from TAFE Western industry partner Cadia Valley Operations CVO.
The handover of the Toro 60 will take place at 1pm today at TAFE Western's Dubbo College at the Narromine Road campus.
TAFE Western Educational Delivery for Manufacturing Engineering Construction and Transport Faculty director Brad Polak said the dump truck would help give students in Western NSW the best opportunities.
"Having the opportunity to work and learn in a hands-on environment on the most up to date mining machinery will allow our apprentices to become work ready upon completion of their training," he said.
Mr Polak thanked and acknowledged CVO for the loan.
"We value our partnership with Cadia and look forward to continuing to work together to provide the best possible training for apprentices in western NSW," he said.
CVO general manager Tony McPaul said the company had a long standing partnership with TAFE Western and the loan of the truck will allow the institute to continue to provide tailored programs to students undertaking apprenticeships.
"We currently have 41 heavy vehicle mechanical apprentices at CVO who will benefit from the availability of this equipment at TAFE Western" he said.
"The students will gain practical, hands-on experience with equipment which is not normally accessible outside an operating mine, and will help them complete their training with a higher degree of skill development than most apprentices."
The Toro 60 underground dump truck features a 19 litre electronic controlled engine, electronic controlled transmission and hydraulic systems as well as many features unique to the mining industry.