Multimillion dollar Siemens’ grant will prepare UniSA students for Industry 4.0

The University of South Australia

A new partnership between Siemens Australia and the University of South Australia (UniSA) will see the transfer of world-leading industrial software to train students for work in advanced manufacturing.

The $450 million grant will see Siemens share its industrial Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software systems with the University, ensuring students have access to advanced software, processes and best practices that are used to develop sophisticated global products and systems in industries including automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding and high-tech electronics.

The grant is part of Siemens’ commitment of more than $1 billion in advanced PLM software grants to select universities nationally and will enable students and the University to develop the skills needed to successfully participate in the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0).

Minister for Defence Industry,Christopher Pyne, said this $450 million grant will provide young South Australians with training in some of the most advanced shipbuilding design and production software in the world.

“Ensuring young Australians are trained and ready to take up roles in the shipyards that will build the Future Frigates, the Future Submarines and the Offshore Patrol Vessels is a vital task,” Minister Pyne said.

“This new venture between Siemens and UniSA will help in creating the workforce base we will need here in South Australia to make the most of the Turnbull Government’s record $90 billion investment in shipbuilding,” he added.

Siemens chairman and CEO, Jeff Connolly, said the grant reflects Siemens long partnership with the state of South Australia and a commitment to working with great educational institutions to build the workforce of the future.

“It demonstrates the great partnership we have with the state of South Australia and our commitment to working with great educational institutions to build the workforce of the future,” Connolly said.

University of South Australia vice chancellor, professor David Lloyd, said the partnership with Siemens Australia will provide extraordinary opportunities for UniSA students and for local industry in the State.

“It’s exciting to think that our students will soon have access to the same software used to design and develop everything from Space X, the Mars Curiosity Rover, Maserati Ghibli and other world leading innovations such as the digital shipyard for Newport News (US) where aircraft carriers are built,” Lloyd said.

The Siemens PLM software grant provides a suite of advanced PLM software and ensures UniSA will have access to the same advanced software, processes and best practices that are used to develop some of the most sophisticated global products and systems in industries including automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding, high-tech electronics and more.