Targeted, practical instrumentation training filled a major skills gap in the Mt Isa mining sector.
Targeted instrumentation training addressed both maintenance and troubleshooting skill sets – and filled a major skills gap in the region.
Mt Isa, Australia
“The Program not only provides up-skilling of our existing tradespeople but it offers a genuine career path for our electrical apprentices to ensure a
continuous flow of qualified workers for plant areas as well as higher retention rates.”
“This program is certainly delivering the benefits we are looking for with minimum interruption to our operations.”
Early in 2015, SAGE Automation commenced delivery of a third round of Instrumentation Training at Mount Isa Mines. The training program aimed to address the shortage of qualified instrumentation professionals in the region.
With focus on the practical skills rather than the qualification, the training was targeted to address both maintenance and troubleshooting skill sets, which helps reduce the risk of downtime in the plant.
The program was delivered on site using modern, site-specific instrumentation training rigs.
The Certificate IV in Electrical – Instrumentation provides competencies to select, install, commission, fault find and maintain electrical and instrumentation equipment in buildings and premises and instrumentation systems and core instrumentation equipment for process and control.
It includes ERAC requirements for an Electrician’s Licence.
Training Advisor, Kerry Brisbane from the Mount Isa Mines Skills Centre, had tried other training models including online training and sending workers away for extended periods.
She said the flexible approach of the SAGE program is what made it unique and best suited to the company’s business needs.
“The Program not only provides up skilling of our existing tradespeople but it offers a genuine career path for our electrical apprentices to ensure a
continuous flow of qualified workers for plant areas as well as higher retention rates.” Kerry said.
“This training as a key element of our workforce planning and retention strategy.”
Superintendent of Electrical Maintenance for the Copper Concentrator, Monica Joseph has had five of her team undertake the training.
“This program is certainly delivering the benefits we are looking for with minimum interruption to our operations,” Monica said.
The achievements of the training were recognised when the SAGE and RMIT Joint Venture won the Innovation Award in the Kinetic 2012 Training Awards.
These awards are the most prestigious recognition program for training and skilling in the resources sector and celebrate exceptional dedication and innovative practices.
SAGE and RMIT work together to deliver the Certificate IV in Electrical - Instrumentation UEE40411. This is an industry based program that is nationally accredited and is essential to progress in the electrical industry.
The industry demand for the Certificate IV in Electrical Instrumentation is driven by the needs for electricians to advance their skills in industrial and
instrumentation and control.