1 Dec 2017
In 2015, TAFE Queensland SkillsTech began working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service to deliver accredited training to the Queensland Forensic Crash Investigation team.
With the expertise of TAFE Queensland SkillsTech trainers, the Queensland Forensic Crash Investigation team receive training on the mechanical operation of heavy vehicles. Guided by automotive teacher David Jenkinson, police officers participate in a specially designed refresher training course that covers heavy vehicle airbrakes, steering and suspension. The training is designed to upskill the officers in component identification and function and provides officers with invaluable mechanical and technical knowledge that they can apply to heavy vehicle crash investigations.
The specialised nature of this training requires contextualisation of units from the Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology (AUR31116). It features training on the MAHA Australia roller brake tester which measures the effectiveness of a heavy vehicle’s braking system. Familiarisation with this equipment is crucial, as the officers will use this type of equipment when analysing the brake test values of heavy vehicles involved in road accidents.
Sergeant David Stocker, Queensland Police, Senior Crash Analyst and the Forensic Crash team spoke highly about the training they received at TAFE Queensland SkillsTech.
“Our officers are not mechanics and for them to come to Acacia Ridge and see the truck components cut down and displayed on a braking board is invaluable training for them. What is really important to us is that TAFE Queensland SkillsTech provide not only the skill expertise, but also that the training is delivered by a qualified trainer with experience in teaching and learning.”
The partnership is a reciprocal one, with a Queensland Police Force Crash Investigator delivering training to TAFE Queensland SkillsTech’s third year automotive apprentices on the legal liabilities of mechanics, as part of the chain of responsibilities investigated by Queensland Police in the crash investigation process.
For more information regarding heavy vehicle automotive training, call TAFE Queensland SkillsTech on 1800 654 447 or visit www.tafeskillstech.edu.au.
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