The WesTrac Institute is a comprehensive training centre for those looking to enter the heavy equipment industry.
As one of the largest employers of apprentices in Australia, WesTrac developed the WesTrac Institute as part of its initiative to establish a National Skills Training Centre of Excellence, with facilities in both the east and west of Australia.
The WesTrac Institute services the construction, transport and mining industries providing flexible, timely and efficient training packages.
New South Wales
The WesTrac Institute at Newcastle, New South Wales, has the capacity to train up to 350 apprentices at any one time. The facility is made up of 14 general classrooms, two computer labs, a large 9-bay workshop and a smaller 5-bay workshop. The NSW Institute will also facilitate training of up to 4,000 students in post-trade courses annually.
The WesTrac Institute is a registered Training Organisation and is the preferred provider for all of WesTrac's training needs including pre-trade and post-trade training (Automotive Heavy vehicle mechanics only), machine operations, Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), and management training.
The new refurbished WesTrac Institute completed in October 2011 contains 20 state of the art classrooms all fitted with multimedia capabilities and WiFi.
Complementing these facilities are 12 practical training workshop bays, a dedicated tool store and an electrical and test equipment workshop. Housed adjacent to the Institute workshops are the Skills Training workshops an area that each first year apprentice is rotated through for a period of 6 weeks on three occasions.
The WesTrac Institute is contracted by the State Government to deliver funded training in the AUR30405 Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Mobile equipment).