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QMEA’S Pit To Port – Friday 9th March, 2018
On Friday 9th March, 16 year 7 students and teacher, Mr Ashley Sauer, experienced our first QMEA event for 2018. Pit to Port provides students with a detailed understanding of the processes and challenges of moving resources across Queensland, to ports and onto customers around the world. This one-day program addressed the three main curriculum areas of mathematics, science and technology as well as encouraging lifelong skills of communication and team work.
Students were involved in three different challenges relating to workplace health and safety, fleet management and supply chain management. Firstly, in the WHS component, students completed a site visitor induction, had hands-on experience with a range of PPE, gained advice from industry professionals and provided ‘safety shares’ to the group.
Managing their own fleet of dump trucks with a variety of specifications, students must then fulfil their ‘job orders’ to fill stockpiles. They will assessed all specifications to determine the best fleet make up, graphed stockpile amounts and completed a ‘shift hand over’ document outlining various processes and maintenance concerns.
Students then worked through the supply chain, assessing the volume-carrying capacity of shipping tankers and meeting orders for ‘product’. At the end of the day, teams presented to the board their outcomes for each of the challenges. Teams defended their decisions by answering questions from board members.