University program unique due to level of industry input
KEY industries have played a major role in renewing CQUniversity's esteemed asset and management maintenance course so future leaders can understand and uphold best practice.
Gladstone industry stalwart John Abbott helped develop the initial course 20 years ago, he now returns to Gladstone as NRG Gladstone Power Station's general manager.
He said CQUniversity's maintenance management programs were unique because of the high level of industrial involvement.
"The industry has moved on and the pressures of price and world competition, the high Australian dollar, has meant that all industry has to be far more competitive than it used to be," he said.
"The asset management plan, which is not about fixing broken things, but to actually plan the full life of an asset, is the way you achieve best practice at lowest costs, and the course has changed to reflect that.
"When I did the review 10 years ago, it still had a whole section in there describing what a computer was...that's like trying to explain to a 10-year-old what an iPad is."
"In the middle of industry central here in Gladstone, it was perfectly placed to get the involvement needed."
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