Auto training on track for world repute

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Challenger Institute of Technology’s world class automotive training in Western Australia is being offered to international students for the first time.

Thirteen students from nine countries have been quick to take up the opportunity, enrolling in the Certificate III in Light Automotive Mechanical Technology course at Challenger Institute’s state-of-the-art Kwinana campus, south of Perth.

Challenger Institute automotive lecturer Travis Jenkins said the students also had the opportunity to progress to higher level qualifications, such as certificate IV and diploma.

“There are a number of opportunities for students upon graduation,” Mr Jenkins said. “There are significant skills shortages in general maintenance, as well as speciality areas such as automatics, diagnostics and electrical, so job prospects are good.”

Indonesian student Christopher Tanuwijaya is a fully qualified chef but found himself drawn to the automotive field.

“It’s my passion; there’s things about cars I am fascinated by, such as finding out how things work and learning how to make cars faster,” he said.

Recently, Christopher and fellow student Tian Hang from China were given the chance to pit-crew at Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway. The students changed tyres and measured the temperature and tyre pressure of the competing race cars.

“The best part was getting to know how a mechanic works in a real-life situation,” Christopher said. “My dream is to one day work with racing cars in Formula One.” 

Challenger’s first international automotive students are from China, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Zimbabwe. 

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PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) Lecturer Travis Jenkins with automotive students Tian Hang from China and Christopher Tanuwijaya from Indonesia.

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