Orica Chemical Australia are helping train future pump workers by donating a high-tech pump and seals to apprentices at CQ University Gladstone City.

The donated magnetic drive pump and mechanical seals will mean apprentices can get hands-on experience of a wider range of industry-standard equipment.

Orica Cyanide Maintenance Facilitator, Brett Magor, said the pump and seals were no longer useful to them after a series of Orica upgrades.

“My son was actually doing his apprenticeship training at CQUni, and asked me about magnetic dry pumps, because he’d been learning about them but there wasn’t one in the training workshop,” Mr Magor said.

“I knew that we had one at Orica that wasn’t getting used, so donating it just made sense.”

If CQUniversity had to buy the pump and two seals new it would cost them around $23,000.

Fitting and Turning teacher, Warren Rieck, said the pump would be the first of its kind in the Gladstone City workshop.

“We aim to give our apprentices access to the widest variety of industry technology possible – so it’s great that Orica can support us in that,” Mr Rieck said.

“Last week we were taking apart pumps in the workshop, and the apprentices really get into that process – so they’ll be rapt to take on a new model.”

CQUniversity has recently hosted WorldSkills Australia regional trade competitions, with successful Gladstone apprentices set to represent the region in Fitting and Turning, as well as Welding, Electrical Control, Electrical Installation, Metals and Engineering and Electrotechnology.

Orica is a member of the Gladstone Industry Leadership Group, which supports the expansion of training opportunities in the Gladstone region.

CQUniversity Gladstone delivers practical training and education across Engineering and Trades and Business and Humanities, from school-based and pre-apprenticeship training, to apprenticeship qualifications, diplomas and pathways into degrees.

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