Manufacturing News

New manufacturing training centre for Ballarat

ACCORDING to the latest reports, the University of Ballarat’s new manufacturing technology and training centre will be up and running in 2011.

The centre is designed to provide Ballarat manufacturing workers with formal qualifications in automated industries.

Announced last week in the Federal Government’s budget, under the Education Investment Fund, the $18.1m centre will be built on land in Grant St, next to the university’s building and construction training precinct.

While details are being finalised, it is part of the university’s bid to integrate its two Grant St training areas into the one precinct.

Federal Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, said the centre will not only support jobs now but invest in skills of the future.

University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Terry Lloyd said manufacturing had become more sophisticated with an increased emphasis on technology.

He said the centre would allow the university to expand its manufacturing technologies, supporting existing workers and attracting young people into the industry.

“The applied degree in industrial automation will combine mechanics and electronics,” Prof Lloyd said.

He said the university would consult with industry and peak bodies in developing the course, ensuring it was in line with modern practice and relevant to students.

The Federal Government also committed $39.97 million in the budget for a Science and Engineering precinct at the university’s Mt Helen campus.

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