Students help build platform

Mindarie Regional Council’s Gunther Hoppe receives the plans from trainees Mitchell Robb and Landon Punch.
Mindarie Regional Council’s Gunther Hoppe receives the plans from trainees Mitchell Robb and Landon Punch.

The opportunity for Year 12 students to work on a ‘real project’ was not missed when the council approached the Tamala Park-based Ertech Construction Academy.

Ertech Group business associate McDowall Affleck donated its services in the design of the platform, which will enable school groups and other visitors to view the whole site and see how the facility uses waste to create energy.

Trainees used lasers, dumpy levels and a range of construction equipment. They used maths skills to calculate batters, water binding and compaction.

Operating big equipment in a small area required the use of two-way radios and hand-signals.

The trainees, represented by Mitchell Robb and Landon Punch, presented plans of the project to Mindarie Regional Council’s Gunther Hoppe.

The project engineers from McDowall Affleck, Grant Speldwinde and Matt Wearne were present for the ceremony.