Dana has announced it is supporting technical training for electrified mining equipment at Technical and Further Education (TAFE) of Queensland’s new electrification facility located in the Brisbane suburb of Acacia Ridge.
The electric heavy vehicle technical training is designed to prepare technicians with the knowledge and capabilities to conduct maintenance and repair activities for the growing number of high-voltage, heavy-duty electric mining vehicles.
In addition to supporting the development of the curriculum for the program, Dana will provide two sets of Dana TM4 SUMO motors and CO150 inverters, which are used on the Sandvik Artisan A18 battery-electric loader.
“Dana offers a full suite of electrified technologies for off-highway equipment and we understand that the technicians of the future will require training to ensure they can safely manage the maintenance activities for these vehicles,” said Nick Stavrakis, Dana Australia Managing Director.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the TAFE of Queensland and our customer Sandvik to customize training to meet the unique needs of these important future career paths.”
As a part of the program, students will have the opportunity to conduct maintenance tests and checks while learning the key components and operations of these specialised vehicles.
The new SkillsTech building, which has been designed with extra height to accommodate large heavy vehicles, mobile plant electrification and elctro hydraulic control was opened this week by Di Farmer, Queensland Minister for Training and Skills Development.
Labelled ‘World’s Best Employer’ by Forbes magazine and based in Ohio, USA, Dana is a leader in the design and manufacture of efficient propulsion and energy-management solutions for all mobility markets across the globe.
The company’s conventional and clean-energy solutions support nearly every vehicle manufacturer with drive and motion systems; electrodynamic technologies, including software and controls; and thermal, sealing, and digital solutions.