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New resource a learning experience

A recent project to create a useful piece of training equipment gave real-life experience to a group of electrotechnology students at the Albany campus of South Regional TAFE.

A local industry supporter generously donated a disused fuel tank to Business Development Services, the branch of the college specialising in short courses, for use in its delivery of confined spaces training.

The tank was transformed into a pod as a simulated working environment for those taking the short course, and last year’s electrotechnology pre-apprenticeship students assisted by installing an isolating point.

As part of the training for working in confined spaces, students must isolate power and water before entering the pod, and the isolation box is a vital part of the equipment.

Lecturer Aaron St Jack, who designed the finished pod for maximum portability as well as effective training, explained it was extended by about 40 per cent to utilise the full length of its trailer, which was existing equipment.

“For transport, the safety rails and the tripod fall restraint fold down,” Aaron said.

Two local contractors engineered the pod, which was given a final facelift with a professional paint job finished with the college logo.

The pod fits up to three students, who are lowered into it and complete tasks as they would in real-life situations. It has already been used several times to great effect, and Aaron said he was impressed with the finished product and the input by the electrotechnology students.

The pod is now available for training at the campus or on site anywhere around the region.

For details of working in confined spaces training, visit https://www.southregionaltafe.wa.edu.au/short-courses/confined-spaces

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Last year’s electrotechnology students Joel Ashton, Lance Basa, Jhomvie Forte and Christopher Armstrong installed the isolation point to the pod for the delivery of the confined spaces short course at South Regional TAFE.

Lecturer Aaron St Jack with the finished pod on its trailer.

Page last updated February 05, 2019