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New engineering lab

Thursday, 03 May 2012

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A new state-of-the-art engineering laboratory will help ECU students learn the skills needed to meet Australia’s mining boom, thanks to a partnership between the University and Schneider Electric.

The Schneider Electric Automation and Control Laboratory, housed within the new multi-million dollar Engineering building on ECU’s Joondalup Campus, features the latest engineering and processing technology and equipment.

Donated by Schneider Electric, it will provide students with experiential learning and training in process engineering, dynamics and control.

Schneider Electric National Support & Training Manager Lyle van der Veer said the lab will help produce graduates that are job-ready.

“It is widely reported that the mining states, such as Western Australia, are really feeling the sting of finding the right tools and resources needed to equip students and young professionals with the skill sets needed to be job-ready on completion of their degree,” Mr van der Veer said.

ECU’s Head of Engineering Professor Daryoush Habibi said the partnership has come at the right time.

“The School of Engineering at ECU is one of Australia’s fastest growing engineering schools, with an annual growth of more than 20 per cent over the last four years,” Professor Habibi said.

“Each year we graduate a number of qualified and job-ready engineering graduates to help address the current skills gap in this sector. Collaborations such as the development of the Automation Lab with Schneider Electric are crucial in achieving this and in sustaining our mining and process economy.”

The laboratory is a shared learning facility for students, customers and internal staff.

Laboratory work covers instrumentation, process control and operation as well as the wider issues of optimisation and energy management, operability, reliability, safety and viability of processes in the plant.

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