The Queensland government is funding new 3D augmented reality systems to help train workers seeking welding qualifications.
Ten augmented reality welding training simulators have been purchased by the government at a total cost of up to $800,000.
Queensland state development, manufacturing, infrastructure and planning minister, Cameron Dick, said that the systems would help workers meet the international welding standard increasingly being required for major defence and commercial projects.
“Skilling Queenslanders with the right qualifications desired for these projects will make Queenslanders more competitive in securing this work and strengthen Queensland’s chances of winning contracts which deliver economic benefits to our whole state.
“These simulators will enable TAFE SkillsTech to increase the speed at which students can become qualified to the ISO 9606 welding standard.”
Weld Australia has identified a national shortage of ISO 9606-qualified welders. ISO 9606 qualifications represent the international standard required for precision welding of materials needed in industries such as defence, maritime and advanced manufacturing.
Dick said Rheinmetall Defence Australia has also identified a need for ISO 9606 qualified welders as part of its recruitment for its new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence, as well as its future supply chain.
“We want Queenslanders trained up and ready to go to deliver the $5 billion landmark Land 400 defence deal, which will see Queensland playing the leading role manufacturing a new generation of vehicles for the Australian Army,” he said.
“More Queenslanders achieving ISO 9606 level welding qualifications in faster timeframes means more Queenslanders eligible to get involved in delivering on this major contract, and more Queenslanders able to access high-skilled, well-paid careers in the defence manufacturing industry more broadly.”
Five welding simulator units will be based at SkillsTech in Acacia Ridge, with the remaining five to be based in regional areas such as North and Far North Queensland.