TAFE NSW relies on Snap-on Tools to train future technicians 

Snap-on Tools Australia are widely known as Australia’s leading tool brand, but Snap-on has another ace up their sleeve, being able to conduct a complete workshop or training centre tool and equipment fit-out. A perfect example of Snap-on’s capabilities in relation to fit-outs is evident by Snap-on’s recent partnership with Wetherill Park TAFE and the fit-out of their new Transport Technology Centre.

As part of the consolidation of TAFE NSW, a new Wetherill Park TAFE facility, known as the Transport Technology Centre was designed, to become the largest in NSW, servicing the entire Greater Western Sydney area. The centre will be able to accommodate 2000 students annually and have the ability to teach 180 students per day.

The Transport Technology Centre required a tool company partner that could meet the regulatory, design and operational criteria of the Centre. After investigating various options, Snap-on Tools was chosen to be the Transport Technology Centre tool partner for their innovative solutions, ability to be involved throughout the project from inception to operation and Snap-on’s reputation as the best tool brand on the market.

To bring the inefficient and outdated, manual ‘tag for tool’ borrowing system into the 21stcentury  Snap-on supplied their innovative, cutting edge tool security and inventory management system, known as Automated Tool Control System (ATC). Through the use of individual ID/Keycards that grant access to the box, the ATC system continuously records who enters the box and what tool they return or remove. This ensures accurate asset management, all managed via the easy to use software.

To ensure that not a single space in the new facility was wasted, and to improve the learning environment, Snap-on was consulted throughout the building design and fit-out. This ensured smart integration and optimisation of work and equipment spaces within the facility. Snap-on was also responsible for installation and initial training of on-site equipment and tooling to staff and teachers.

“Our new Transport Technology Centre was designed as a student centred learning facility, improving on how students engage with their environment. Snap-on Tools has played a large role in this, as the brand itself is enticing for students which improves motivation, engagement and in turn, outcomes as well,” said Chris Greentree, Project Officer TAFE NSW.

As part of the arrangement and as long term strategic partner of the Transport Training Centre, Snap-on will be able to use parts of the facility to showcase some of the latest tools and equipment on offer to their own customers, in an environment that facilitates testing.

“We are very proud and excited to be involved in this large project with Wetherill Park TAFE. Providing students with quality equipment, tools, and a tailored loan system will benefit students and teachers alike. We look forward to working with Wetherill Park TAFE for many years to come,” said Bert Hildebrandt, OEM & Strategic Accounts, Equipment and Diagnostic Manager, Snap-on Tools Australia.  

Snap-on’s customised fit-out experience is extensive, having worked with many of the Australian branches of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers including Mazda, Nissan, Porsche and Renault.

For workshops or training centre’s looking to start-up a new business or location, or looking for a significant upgrade to existing facilities and machinery, Snap-on’s fitout service can be tailored to your needs. Offering everything from full tooling packages, diagnostics hardware, hoists and wheel service equipment, using Snap-on as you single tool and equipment source will have you up and running and turning a profit in no time.


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