A refurbishment project funded by the Victorian government has allowed the Automotive Department at The Gordon Institute of TAFE East Geelong Campus to replace two spray booths.
The Gordon Institute of TAFE said the new, custom-designed Truflow spray booths provide leading technology that will fast track the training and development of its apprentices and deliver a host of safe, sustainable and economic advantages.
“The intelligent design improves air flow to assist with waterborne drying technologies and fume extraction,” the institute said in a statement. “This results in quicker drying times, allowing students to complete more practical modules in shorter timeframes throughout their training. Instructors are also able to perform real life demonstrations to enhance learning experiences and outcomes on practical tasks.
“The increased vehicle workspace offered by the larger spray cabins and mixing rooms are ergonomically designed and incorporate adjustable hanging rails for painting parts. Improved visual and LED lighting capabilities provide better viewing for topcoat applications and supervision, while the internal hydraulic ramps and the reduced power consumption enhance the safety and sustainability of the project. Fitted with magnehelic pressure cabin gauges and an integrated filter replacement warning gauge, the technology meets the latest in industry standards.”
Collison Repair teacher Peter Jakubzik said the recently completed project is an important investment for the ongoing skill development of students undertaking apprentice and pre-apprentice training in vehicle body repairs.
“The new, custom-designed Truflow spray booths and mixing room will add many benefits to the apprentice experience, with the state-of-the-art ovens and mixing room giving the students a look at the latest technologies available,” said Jakubzik.
He added that with the latest equipment, tools and paint products, students are expected to quickly improve their skills. Working on donated projects, as well as cars for simulated clients, students gain real-world experience while perfecting their trade.
The Gordon Institute of TAFE said it has an impressive record of developing students who are highly skilled at body repair and refinishing works, having triumphed at the past seven consecutive PPG Victorian state colour matching competitions. With positive signs that they will maintain their record, the institute now seeks to improve on its success at the national level.