NMTAFE (Balga) – Recommencement of Automotive & Marine Trimming

Training of Automotive Trimming Apprentices has recommenced at Balga Campus under the \”Local training for Local Needs\” initiative developed by the State Government.

Apprentice training ceased a few years ago and the few employers who took on apprentices in Automotive Trimming had to send apprentices to TAFENSW for training.

The team at Balga has been busy developing resources for delivery as well as attending to Teaching Qualifications over the past 12 months and they are pleased to add that the numbers of registered apprentices has started to flow back into the courses at Balga.

Late last year the Automotive and Marine Trimming started with 5 apprentices who were joined by a further 7 apprentices this year with a total of 12 apprentices enrolled state wide.

The facility at Balga Campus houses not only the Automotive and Marine Trimming (inc Aviation Upholstery), but also Furniture Upholstery and Manufactured Textiles. A one stop shop for the associated Craft Trades for WA.

Employer and Apprentice feedback has been very positive and the training facility is well established again with specialist tools and equipment. We still have a way to go I am happy with the quality of all the resources and facility and we have not dropped the ball at any time while striving to be on top of the game in Quality Training that meets Industries needs at this early stage.

For further information, please contact Gary McCormick | Part Time Lecturer Automotive & Marine Trimming Technology North Metropolitan TAFE | L Block Balga Campus, Gate 1 Loxwood Road, Balga 6010 M 0438 821 346

WA Training Awards 2019

The WA Training Awards recognise and reward outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students, and the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers.

Through celebrating these successes, the Awards continue to put our State’s top achievers in the spotlight.

There are 13 categories in the WA Training Awards; eight individual categories and four organisation categories.

Applications for the WA Training Awards 2019 close on Friday 3 May at 5.00pm.
 

Individual categories:

  • WA Apprentice of the Year
  • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year
  • WA Trainee of the Year
  • WA Vocational Student of the Year
  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
  • WA Cultural Diversity Training Award
  • WA International Student of the Year
  • WA Trainer of the Year

Organisation categories:

  • WA Large Employer of the Year
  • WA Medium Employer of the Year
  • WA Industry Collaboration Award
  • WA Small Training Provider of the Year
  • WA Large Training Provider of the Year

Winners in individual categories receive $3,000 to further their training or kick start their careers. Organisation winners are recognised  as industry leaders and provided with marketing materials to promote their achievement.  

Winners will be announced at a Presentation Dinner on Friday 13 September 2019.

For further information, please click the following link: https://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards/about-the-awards#about-the-awards

Is Your Vehicle Affected?

Aussies have checked the safety of more than six million cars in what has been the largest recall in vehicle history. 

Of the six million vehicles checked, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) says more than 915,000 vehicles have been identified as affected by potentially deadly Takata airbags.

Developed six months ago by the FCAI, the site www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au has been at the forefront of the national advertising campaign “Don’t Die Wondering”, raising awareness of the recall.

Since the recall was announced in early 2018, FCAI chief executive Tony Weber says nearly two thirds of the three million vehicles have had the airbags replaced, but warns there is still a way to go.

For more on this article, please follow this link:

http://www.drive.com.au/news/faulty-airbag-website-used-more-than-six-million-times-120684?trackLink=articleResults12News

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia

HVIA will be organising, at the Brisbane Truck Show (16-19 May 2019), its biennial National Apprentice Challenge. This is a fabulous apprentice development opportunity for heavy vehicle mechanical apprentices at any stage of their training. Participation is open to apprentices employed in the heavy vehicle industry.

HVIA will host the successful apprentices to attend the four days of the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show with all expenses covered, including travel, meals and accommodation.

Teams of two apprentices will be selected to represent each of HVIA’s three regions:

Eastern Region – New South Wales, ACT and Queensland

Southern Region – Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia

North-Western Region – Western Australia and Northern Territory

The three regional teams will compete against each other in heats over the first three days of the show, on identical trucks, generously supplied by Iveco Trucks Australia, to identify and rectify a series of programmed faults as the clock ticks.

The winning team is the first successfully to identify and repair all the faults, or the team that rectifies the most faults within the allowed time frame.

The two best performing teams throughout the heats will compete in the final on the Sunday (fourth day) of the show.

The teams are selected from nominees based on their results from a two-hour exam held in each region. 

To nominate your apprentice/s: click here.

Nominations close on Friday 22nd February 2019.

If you’d like to ask any questions, please give me a call: 07 3376 6266.

Kind regards

Paul Woodland

National Manager for Member Value

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia 

Canadian Comments On Electric Powered Vehicles For USA People – INTERESTING !!

IT WOULD SEEM THAT IF ELECTRIC CARS DO NOT USE GASOLINE, THEY WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN PAYING GASOLINE TAX ON EVERY GALLON THAT IS SOLD FOR AUTOMOBILES, WHICH WAS ENACTED SOME YEARS AGO TO HELP TO MAINTAIN YOUR ROADS AND BRIDGES.  THEY WILL USE THE ROADS, BUT WILL NOT PAY FOR THEIR MAINTENANCE!

Ever since the advent of electric cars, the REAL cost per mile has never been discussed.  All you ever hear is the mpg in terms of gasoline, with nary a mention of the cost of electricity.

Electricity has to be one of the least efficient ways to power cars, yet it is being shoved down your throats.  Glad somebody finally put engineering and maths to paper.

A British Columbia Hydro executive supposedly said: If you really intend to adopt electric vehicles, you have to face certain realities.  For example, a home charging system for a Tesla requires 75 amp service.  The average house is equipped with 100 amp service.  On a small street (approximately 25 homes), the electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than three houses with a Tesla.  If even half the homes to have electric vehicles, the system would be wildly over-loaded.

This is the elephant in the room with electric vehicles. Your residential infrastructure cannot bear the load.  So as your genius elected officials promote this nonsense, not only are you being urged to buy these things and replace your reliable, cheap generating systems with expensive, new windmills and solar cells, but you will also have to renovate your entire delivery system!  This latter “investment” will not be revealed until you’re so far down this dead end road that it will be presented with an ‘OOPS!’ and a shrug.

A man named Eric test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors and he writes, “For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine.”  Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery.  So, the range including the 9-gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh battery is approximately 270 miles.

It will take you 4.5 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph.  Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours.  In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.

According to General Motors, the Volt battery holds 16 kwh of electricity.  It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery.  The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned.  If you pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh. 16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery.  $18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery.  Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine that gets only 32 mpg.  $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile.

The gasoline powered car costs about $20,000 while the Volt costs $46,000-plus.  It looks like the “Greenies” in the American Government want loyal Americans NOT to do the math, but simply pay three times as much for a car, that costs more than seven times as much to run, and takes three times longer to drive across the country.

 

Road to the Future

Driverless cars were once science fiction, now they’re real… and they’re here

Back in the 80s, David Hasselhoff had something every kid coveted – KITT, his trusty black Pontiac Firebird that would drive itself to the rescue whenever Hasselhoff – the Knight Rider – called.

Futuristic self-driving vehicles have been a mainstay for heroes on the big and small screen for decades – from KITT to Batman’s remote-controlled Batmobile and Tom Cruise’s red sports car in Minority Report.

Now on-demand driverless vehicles are about to become very real right here in Perth.

This year, along with Paris and Las Vegas, Perth will be one of only three cities around the world to exclusively trial a new driverless and electric vehicle, which passengers can call up using a mobile phone.

The Autonom, unveiled late last year by French mobility company Navya, is designed to move passengers on-demand anywhere within a set precinct, initially within a trial area of a few kilometres.

If you would like to read more, please click here. 

 

 

 

Automotive AURETU005 Case for Endorsement Approved

PwC’s Skills for Australia

Update: AUR Training Package changes to Certificate II Automotive Air Conditioning Technology

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has released a communique with an update on the Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package.

It has been confirmed the Case for Endorsement for Update to AUR20216 (Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology), with attention to AURETU005 (Retrofit and modify air conditioning and HVAC systems), has been approved for implementation. Consequently, AURETU005 will be moved from the core to the elective bank of the qualification.

We expect to see these training product changes reflected on the Training.gov.au website by April 2018.

The AISC communique and Case for Endorsement can be viewed by clicking on the buttons below. 

Alternatively, you can view the Case for Endorsement on our website (under the ‘Release’ tab).

Please note a full review of the Certificate II Automotive Air Conditioning Technology is scheduled and proposed in the 2017-18 Cases for Change.

Thank you for your continued and valued support throughout the course of this project. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at info@skillsforaustralia.com or call 1800 714 819.

Kind regards
Skills for Australia

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