TAFE Western NSW students see the latest in technology

Automotive apprentices from across western NSW got the opportunity of a lifetime to experience first-hand a new $10 billion truck from global company Scania last Monday.

As part of the company’s national roadshow, Scania representatives were travelling to Dubbo to meet with their local dealership Hall’s Transport Repairs.

Craig Nicholls and Dave Whyte, from Scania, spotted the heavy and light vehicle course sign at Dubbo’s TAFE campus on Narromine Road.

After calling heavy automotive teacher Gary Chapman, who was more than happy for them to come down, they took the multi-billion dollar truck for the students and staff to see.

Scania’s driver trainers and technicians took the TAFE Western students through a range of the truck’s features.

“These guys are your next generation mechanics and this is your next generation of trucks so it makes perfect sense for them to have a look at it and see what it’s all about,” Mr Whyte said.

It was the perfect opportunity to see some of the technology on this vehicle, because we’ll be talking about that in class...

Gary Chapman, heavy automotive teacher

Mr Chapman said the Year 2 TAFE Western apprentices are currently undertaking two units a week, one on electronic engine management and the second unit is heavy vehicle emissions so it was very fitting to have a vehicle like the one from Scania with the latest technology on-site.

“It was the perfect opportunity to see some of the technology on this vehicle, because we’ll be talking about that in class later this week,” Mr Chapman said.

“It was good to see it first hand. It provides students with the practical component…”

The automotive course at Dubbo has students enrolled from across Western NSW from Lithgow to Broken Hill and everywhere in between.

The next generation truck from Scania took the company ten years to build, Mr Nicholls said.

The roadshow is taking approximately 13 weeks, and has included Griffith, Dubbo, Tamworth, Brisane, Cairns and Coffs Harbour.