COURSE: Andrew Dickinson with students James Cannell and Brad Deverell with UTAS coordinator Clarissa Forster. Picture: Paul ScamblerTo bridge a “design deficiency” in the Tasmanian manufacturing industry a new course has been started.
University of Tasmania’s University College has begun a Design for Industry course.
Theentry-level course is being offered in response to industry-recognised skill shortages in new product development and industrial design capability.
It is designed to teach and re-skill employees and business operators who may have been made redundant due to manufacturing business closures in Tasmania.
Course instructor, and Tasmanian Industrial Designer,Andrew Dickinson said the course would improve employment opportunities.
“We’re going to focus on exposing the students to modern design technology,” he said.
Mr Dickinson said students would learn the latest Computer-Aided Design techniques as well as learn design thinking and critical thinking skills.
He said “design was a critical skill-set”and vital to progress manufacturing and create jobs in the sector.
“You can’t sell products if you don’t have design skills to create those products,” he added.He said there was an“industrial design deficiency in the state”.
Mr Dickinson said more manufacturing could be done locally if the design skills were present.
“They [Coast companies] don’t necessarily utilise their own design skills to strategically design and create their own products,” he said.
“Industrial design is a skill that could be advantageous.”
Brad Deverell worked in a mine as a boilermakeron the West Coast for eight years before he was made redundant in March, 2016.
He now works atJensens Quality Metalworksin Burnieand will use the UTAS course to upgrade his skills.
Aspecial offer on fees is available until Wednesday.
“If a prospective student can demonstrate they were made redundant through business downturn in the Burnie area fees could be waived,” Mr Dickinson said.
Students who use the course as a re-skilling exercise may also see fee reductions.Applications are open for commencement in March 2017.
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