Cen­tre en­gi­neers ca­reers

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Emily Sharp

Since open­ing in Novem­ber, the Gil­more Col­lege Process En­gi­neer­ing Cen­tre has gone from strength to strength, wel­com­ing stu­dents into its class­rooms and re­ceiv­ing award nom­i­na­tions.

The world-class fa­cil­ity was the last of its kind to be built un­der a pro­gram started by the gov­ern­ment 10 years ago and is the only fa­cil­ity — out­side of univer­sity and TAFE — cater­ing to the in­dus­trial sec­tor.

The ar­chi­tec­tural firm, JCY, which de­signed the build­ing, is up for an ed­u­ca­tion build­ing de­sign award for its work on the cen­tre and the builder, Mi­tie, is also in the run­ning for best ed­u­ca­tion build­ing in the the MBA Con­struc­tion Awards 2017.

Gil­more Col­lege prin­ci­pal Ro­han Smith said the cen­tre rep­re­sented a fu­ture-proofed ap­proach to train­ing for stu­dents in the Kwinana and Rock­ing­ham area.

“With the pend­ing re­tire­ment of many process op­er­a­tors on the Kwinana strip, the cen­tre will be at the fore­front of train­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of in­dus­trial op­er­a­tors and en­gi­neers for Kwinana and the world,” he said.

“The part­ner­ship between lo­cal in­dus­try, the South Metropoli­tan TAFE and other schools in the area is vi­tal to en­sur­ing that lo­cal stu­dents are the first port of call for em­ploy­ers look­ing for stu­dents with spe­cialised skills such as th­ese.”

Gil­more Col­lege is work­ing in part­ner­ship with the Aus­tralian Cen­tre for En­ergy and Process Train­ing, lo­cated in Hen­der­son and Honey­well with lec­tur­ers de­liv­er­ing a Cer­tifi­cate II in Process Plant Op­er­a­tions to stu­dents.

The course in­cludes work place­ments with stu­dents us­ing world­class soft­ware in the Sim­u­la­tion lab, all sup­plied by Honey­well.

“The spe­cially se­lected stu­dents for our first co­hort are buoy­ant about the many op­por­tu­ni­ties that await them, but they have a long way to go in their train­ing yet,” Mr Smith said.

Photo avail­able at west­pix.com.au Pic­ture: Emily Sharp

Gil­more Col­lege stu­dents and KIC trainees Martin Wachipa, 16, Danuel Dell­eva, 15, Rica To­billo, 16, Bray­den Kelly, 16, and Olivia Mor­ton, 16.

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