RMIT University in collaboration with Okuma Australia launches new online CNC short courses

The Centre for Digital Enterprise (C4DE), a partnership between RMIT University, Wodonga TAFE, Sunraysia Institute, have collaborated with Okuma Australia to offer workers throughout Australia the opportunity to learn how to operate and program the latest Computer Numerical Control machines used in advanced manufacturing.

“Our Okuma senior Technical Engineering team enjoyed collaborating with RMIT, a world-renowned educating facility to develop the CNC Operator Courses and the free XR LearnHub App,” commented Dean McCarroll, Managing Director, Okuma  Australia + New Zealand.  “It is well publicised and we know first-hand from our customers that CNC machine operators are in high demand.  RMIT also understands the needs of the Manufacturing Industry and have developed these industry relevant courses that align with current technology trends.”

By offering the courses fully online, it means that learners from anywhere in Australia and New Zealand can benefit from this new program. The courses are aimed at addressing the potential impacts that new smart skills and Industry 4.0 are having on the Australian workforce. Centre for Digital Enterprise Senior Manager, Stephen Joyce said that digital skills in advanced manufacturing will be vital in driving job creation in the post-COVID economy.

“We designed these courses to fill a gap in Australian Industry. There are many different CNC machines used in businesses across Australia and employers often struggle to attract and retain workers with high level programming and operational skills. Working closely in partnership with one of the largest suppliers of CNC machines, Okuma Australia, we have been able to develop up to date courses accessible on computers or mobile devices. And while the courses are built around Okuma machines, the knowledge obtained is transferable to all CNC style machines.”

To support this online training, the C4DE has also released a free App for mobile devices to support those learning new digital skills in Industry 4.0.  XR LearnHub, available on the iOS App store, enables students to experience augmented reality learning experiences on mobile or tablet devices. The App includes a full size AR model of a virtual Okuma multi-axial lathe machine and information about Industry 4.0.
The CNC Operator - Introduction Course introduces basic CNC terminology, operations and programming. It is ideal for people with minimal or no knowledge of CNC machines, for metalwork practitioners who have a Certificate III level qualification, or for people with an interest in CNC technology - such as engineers, industrial designers and manufacturers who want to develop a better understanding of how to design for and/or implement these building techniques into their production or design environments.

The CNC Operator - Advanced Course is for practitioners already working as a CNC operator/machine setter/quality controller with intermediate skills. It is intended for practitioners wanting to expand their skills to take on new duties or employment opportunities around CNC machines and to enrich their programming and high-quality finishing skills in a modern Industry 4.0 setting.

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