Nov 04, 2019

JCU attracts high-tech investment

JCU attracts high-tech investment Structural testing Lab at JCU

A leading high-tech engineering company is setting up in Townsville and will be based at James Cook University’s Douglas campus.

JCU’s new collaborative agreement with Advanced Technology Testing and Research (ATTAR) will see the Melbourne-based company open its Northern Australian Office at JCU in November.

The announcement was great news for Townsville and JCU’s engineering students, said JCU’s Head of Engineering, Daniel Christie.

“ATTAR’s decision to set up and invest in Townsville is a vote of confidence in this city,” Mr Christie said.

“ATTAR is a niche, high-tech engineering firm that specialises in Non-Destructive Testing and materials science, which will complement JCU’s expertise in the field.

“The collaboration with ATTAR will grow the capabilities of JCU in addition to creating a close connection with industry that will benefit the region.

ATTAR would help train mechanical and electrical engineering students at the Townsville campus as a component of their engineering studies, Mr Christie said.

“The partnership would provide local training and consulting services that would otherwise require travel to the capital cities to obtain.”

“It’s laying the foundation for a more expansive relationship, and I believe, especially given the critical skills shortage in North Queensland, this is just the start for JCU and ATTAR’s collaboration within the region.”

It was an exciting development for the business, said ATTAR CEO, Glenn D’Costa.

“We are looking forward to making a solid contribution to the region,” Mr D’Costa said.

“The partnership with JCU will enable its students to gain specialist knowledge and skills whilst also facilitating greater local industry engagement.

“It is all part of our vision to engineer a safer world by sharing our expertise.”

The collaborative model underpins the philosophy of JCU’s soon to be built Technical Innovation Complex (TIC), Mr Christie said. 

“The five level, 10,000m2 TIC will be the centrepiece of an innovation hub in which engineering, IT and science students and researchers will learn and work closely together and will also attract more industry partners, generate jobs and retain graduates within the region.” he said.