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Learning off the job at trade show

Institute of Instrumentation Control and Automation general manager Alan Nichols at the IICA Technology Expo at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.
Institute of Instrumentation Control and Automation general manager Alan Nichols at the IICA Technology Expo at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre. Mike Richards

APPRENTICES had a great opportunity to learn off the job, when the Institute of Instrumentation Control and Automation trade show came to town yesterday.

They weren't the only ones interested, with more than 100 people through the doors at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.

More than 50 exhibitors from across the country had the latest instruments and tools of their trade, which plenty of apprentices were making use of.

A group of Callide Power Station apprentices are currently travelling everyday from Biloela to do their theory subjects.

Ian Pinner said it was good to get familiar with all the gear.

"We don't get to buy this expert equipment but here we can play with it and ask questions," he said.

Cody Hampton, a Gladstone Area Water Board electrical and instrumentation apprentice, said it was interesting to see what new tools were out.

"We came here just to learn all the stuff we don't know about," he said.

An apprentice at Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun, Paul Noorman said he was doing a block of learning about instrumentation.

"We use it to help find out about flows in a pipe, checking temperatures and pressures, and things like that," he said.

IICA general manager Alan Nichols said the IICA, which has a Gladstone branch, was moving towards offering accredited courses as well as exhibits and networking events for its members.

"Gladstone is a pretty good industry town so we want to make sure people know we're around," he said.

The Institute of Instrumentation Control and Automation has about 1000 members across the country.

 

IICA at a glance:

  • Influence government legislation
  • Voice for Australian standards
  • Peer communication
  • Professional development
  • Future trends

- www.iica.org.au



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