CQU University Ooralee Specialist Training Facility

Construction is now underway on the new multi-million-dollar specialist training facility for heavy automotive trades at the CQU University Mackay’ Ooralea campus.

This is a project I’m passionate about and it was one of my 2020 Election commitments. It’s one of many local projects we’re delivering with the support of our coal royalties.

Once complete, the 1,610 sqm site will include workshop space, teaching areas, staff spaces and specialist equipment and deliver heavy automotive trade courses including Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Diesel Fitting), Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology and Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology.

The facility will also enable the University to almost triple its student capacity in the trade discipline from 140 to more than 400 students, and once the upgrade is completed, final year apprentices will no longer have to travel for up to four hours to Rockhampton or Emerald to complete required training blocks, saving them time and money.

By providing trade apprentices with a purpose-built training space, plus more than $2.4 million worth of the latest industry-related tools, resources and technology it will help cater for an average year-on-year student growth of 15 per cent in the heavy automotive discipline, seen over the past five years in the Mackay region.