Contract mining services company Mastermyne has launched an underground coal mining training facility.
As always, training is paramount in the industry, and the contract mining company has constructed the facility to provide miners a visually and physically real learning environment.
The facility will allow for the delivery of a highly interactive training program which utilises limited classroom style delivery, and instead focuses predominantly on work based, on the job training activities.
Mastermyne managing director Tony Caruso said that “the complex will specifically provide inexperienced underground miners (cleanskins) the opportunity to complete in-depth training in a unique simulated environment.”
The facility itself consist of a series of shipping containers joint together to form three ventilated ‘underground’ roadways approximately 5.2m wide and 2.6m high, and includes surface facilities, crib rooms, conveyor systems, fire fighting equipment and lifting and slinging equipment.
The four week program is based on an eight to 12 hour dayshift, and situations that replicate underground working conditions.
It is expected that around 100 students will graduate from the program in the first year.