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Container full of promise and potential

By Patrick Nelson

Engineering students James Price and Mick Sheehan check measurements on the safety rail Engineering students James Price and Mick Sheehan check measurements on the safety rail

Engineering students in Alice Springs are putting the finishing touches on a container that will enhance CDU’s ability to deliver trades courses in Central Australia.

Third year apprentice engineers James Price and Mick Sheehan have designed and built the container under the supervision of metal fabrication lecturer Danny Sneddon over the past month.

“It’s a project with short and long-term benefits, whichever way you look at it,” Mr Sneddon said.

“From James and Mick’s point of view, it has given them the opportunity to develop and demonstrate a broad range of skills that will be useful in their careers.

“It will also become a valuable training asset for CDU that we’ll be able to use when delivering Work Safely at Heights or Enter and Work in a Confined Space courses in Alice Springs or out bush.”

Mr Sneddon said the steel container, which measures three metres in height, would be fitted with a safety railing on its roof, and several metres of cylindrical tubing in its interior.

“It will be relevant to workers in the oil and gas industry, in construction, or to anyone who works in roof spaces or in a hole in the ground.

“We’ve designed it to be compliant with Australian standards and built it to a size that is practical to relocate to a remote community on the back of a truck.

“Building a container might sound like a simple exercise, but it is more involved than you might think,” he said.

The project was partly funded with a 2014 Innovation@CDU grant to Trades Central.