Byrnecut donates diesel-electric 60 t underground truck to South Metropolitan TAFE

Global mining services provider and contractor Byrnecut has joined forces with South Metropolitan TAFE to help train the next generation of heavy automotive workers by donating a 60 t class diesel-electric underground mining truck. The diesel/electric haulage truck has retired from working in operational mines but will continue to serve industry by training mechanical and electrical apprentices and trainees at the college’s Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Training Centre.

Byrnecut commented: “The purpose-built underground mining truck was developed by Byrnecut in conjunction with Siemens AG and Elphinstone Pty Ltd and demonstrates a staged approach to electrification of underground haulage trucks. The Byrnecut Group is one of South Metropolitan TAFE’s biggest employers with over 180 apprentices currently training across various trades, and this donation marks a significant moment in advancing education and training in mining technology. Byrnecut are committed to the ongoing collaboration between industry and education, and we’re delighted that this donation will continue to pave the way for future generations of mining professionals to learn and innovate.”

Located in Thornlie, the Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Training Centre is home to industry equipment that mirrors real-life working environments to equip students with job-ready skills. The purpose-built underground mining truck is part of Byrnecut’s significant investment in sustainable mining technology; it completed over 200 loads during operational testing. The donation will teach students how to repair a range of mining and civil construction equipment that uses next generation electric drive solutions.

Its donation complements the Cook Labor Government’s A$25 million investment in new state-of-the-art equipment being rolled out across Western Australia’s TAFE network. The WA Labor Government says it has significantly reduced course fees for automotive, engineering and mining courses via the Lower Fees, Local Skills and Fee Free initiatives.

The Minister Assisting the Training and Workforce Development Minister Hannah Beazley said: “Byrnecut’s donation is an example of how South Metropolitan TAFE collaborates with industry partners to ensure they’re training highly skilled and employable graduates. This underground truck will provide students, who are the next generation of heavy automotive professionals, with hands-on experience and a deeper understanding of how electric mining vehicles work. The Cook Government thanks Byrnecut for its generous donation.”