Sandvik employees have signed up for a vocational training course to boost their digital and networking skills to enhance safety across manufacturing and engineering.
More than 20 Sandvik staff across four Australian states enrolled for the Diploma of Applied Technologies course to brace the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0.
The areas of training include cyber-physical systems, digital control systems and digital networks.
Queensland Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said the course would help students develop skills needed for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow.
One of Sandvik’s Queensland staff members partaking in the course is technical support manager for mine automation Ty Osborne, whose role is to ensure the smooth running of Sandvik’s autonomous vehicles.
Osborne said the rapid rate of changing technology in the modern workplace meant ongoing training was essential.
“There is definitely a skills gap between what I learned when I first learnt my trade to what I do now,” Osborne said.
“Doing the Diploma of Applied Technologies will bridge that gap for me and help me move forward into the next generation of where we need to go.
“In five years, I would like to see these technologies grow to where we have a larger department to look after automation, a stronger workforce and for myself to be leading that team.”
Sandvik business line manager for service Nathan Cunningham said as a leading provider of autonomous underground mining equipment and mining control systems, it had a natural choice to be involved in the upskilling initiative.
“This course gives us a great means to upskill our current employees so that they can better support the new technologies that we’ve got coming into the industry,” Cunningham said.
“Having people with the right skills and knowledge means we get new technologies to work more effectively for customers.”