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Targeted, practical instrumentation training filled a major skills gap in the Mt Isa mining sector.

Industry
Resources: Mining
Outcome

Targeted instrumentation training addressed both maintenance and troubleshooting skill sets – and filled a major skills gap in the region.

Capability
Instrumentation training, Certificate IV in Electrical Instrumentation National course code: UEE40411
Region

Mt Isa, Australia

Kerry Brisbane,Training AdvisorMount Isa Mines Skills Centre

“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.” 

 

Monica Joseph, Superintendent of Electrical Maintenance, Copper Concentrator

“This program is certainly delivering the benefits we are looking for with minimum interruption to our operations.” 

Challenge

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.

 

Solution

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.

Certificate IV in Electrical Instrumentation 
National course code: UEE40411

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.

Course competencies

  • Participate in development and follow a personal competency development plan
  • Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers
  • Develop, enter and verify programs for industrial control systems using high level instructions
  • Use instrumentation drawings, specifications, standards and equipment manuals
  • Solve problems in pressure measurement circuits and systems
  • Solve problems in density/level measurement circuits and systems
  • Solve problems in flow measurement circuits and systems
  • Solve problems in temperature measurement circuits and systems
  • Implement and monitor OHS policies and procedures
  • Compile and produce energy sector electrotechnology reports
  • Implement and monitor energy sector environmental and sustainable policies & procedures

 

Outcome

Client testimonial 1

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.”

Client testimonial 2

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.

Award winning training

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.

Instrumentation training mining

Training for the future

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.

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