Roy Hill and WesTrac support student learning with simulator

Julian Hill and Jarvas Croome with a Kent Street student.

Roy Hill has introduced a new CAT simulator to its ROC-Ed Learning Centre in Perth.

Caterpillar dealer WesTrac donated the simulator to Roy Hill’s ROC-Ed program, enabling students to immerse themselves in the experience of operating a large wheel loader.

Roy Hill’s learning centre has been running since 2017 and is designed to support classroom teaching and learning in maths, science, geography and business studies for Year 8 and 9 students.

The half-day program, which aligns with the Australian Curriculum, provides an opportunity for students to experience a busy mining operation centre and corporate headquarters in action.

WesTrac chief executive officer Jarvas Croome said the simulator aligned perfectly with the objectives of Roy Hill’s program, enabling students to experience what it’s like to drive the 994H, one of the company’s largest wheel loaders.

“Through this experience, students can explore how their studies relate to real-time operations on a mine site. It’s programs such as this that will stimulate enthusiasm amongst the next generation to pursue a career in mining, which is something WesTrac is proud to support,” Croome said.

Roy Hill CEO Barry Fitzgerald said the simulator was an expensive piece of equipment that enabled the miner to immerse students visiting the centre in a life-like mine experience.

“As a knowledge-based organisation, we are constantly leveraging technology to consider new and better ways of doing things – and the CAT simulator is a perfect example of how we support our staff to learn new skills in a safe environment,” Fitzgerald said.

The simulator joins a refreshed suite of activities for students as part of the ROC-Ed program, including practical tasks, online activities and interactive experiences.