A $100,000 underground loader has been donated to the Western Dubbo TAFE campus and will be used to train students.
The underground loader, used to more excavated earth and rocks, was donated by the New Gold Peak Mine at Cobar.
TAFE’s Brad Pollock said the machine will be used to train mechanic students, as well as people who plan to work in the mining industry, The ABC reported.
"This is quite a coup for TAFE Western because we're the only institute in New South Wales which has an underground loader like this and we're also very fortunate to have a big dump truck up there too which is an underground dump truck," he said.
"So we've now got the loader that fills the truck up and we've got the truck, all we need is the mine."
Pollock said the loader would add to the campus’s existing mining simulators, and would help mining students quickly transition into the workplace.
He said the feedback from students had been positive.
“Very positive feedback there, the mines are saying to us that the students are coming out with real hands on skills and it actually cuts down the operational training time on site if they're operating mining equipment."