A first-of-its-kind mobile technical training centre has been unveiled by international mining solutions company Joy Global in a bid to revolutionize operator training in rural and remote areas.
The customized trailer was built in Shepparton, Victoria, and features dual screen presentation opportunities via an in-built ‘Smartboard’ and drop-down projector screen. There is also a panel of interactive simulators and the entire unit can be self-sufficient for up to two weeks, making it ideal for remote locations.
The mobile training trailer was the brainchild of Joy Global Australasia service director Rudie Boshoff who has travelled Australia talking to clients and hearing about their difficulties in accessing trades training on mining equipment.
“With the high turnover of trades in the industry and skills shortage that currently exists, many mine sites are left with large gaps in knowledge of underground equipment and the mobile technical training centre offers an alternative to learning by the school of hard knocks,” says Rudie Boshoff.
“The plan for this training facility is to provide a central location so Joy Global can advertise advanced technical training and have staff from various mines around the area attend,” he says.
The trailer will carry purpose-built training panels and high-tech 2D and 3D simulator tools that will enable trade and operator training on location. Participants will be able to operate a continuous miner, shuttle car, longwall shearer or roof supports on a simulator.
Joy Global says the down-time for mining operations will be significantly reduced once staff have honed their fault finding skills and understanding of key maintenance issues.
The company is working with SAGE Automation to develop a number of panels for electrical trade training which will be fitted in the trailer at a later date.