Anthony, Apprenticeship in engineering
Describe your average day.
When I arrive at work I report to my manager and he outlines the tasks I need to do. If any of it involves something I haven't done before, he'll show me how to do it and then will leave me to do it.
At the moment, we're making air pressure tanks for train brake lines. I'm doing a bit of welding and using the grinder.
How did you find out about this apprenticeship?
CVGT Employment & Training Specialists had a stand at the Beacon Foundation Careers Day at my school. I asked whether they had any apprenticeships available.
What did you want to do after high school?
I left school during Year 10 to start this apprenticeship. I decided to leave early because I didn't want to miss this opportunity, and I'd rather be working than be at school. I've always wanted to do engineering, I love it. My uncle is an engineer as well, and he encouraged me to do it.
Did you have any previous work experience?
I did VET (Vocational Educational Training) in engineering through school which included four days of work experience at a local engineering company. I really enjoyed getting a taste for the industry.
What do you like most about the apprenticeship?
I love everything about it. It's hands on, I'm working with metal, I get to use the welder and grinder, and most of all, I'm working. It's a great opportunity.
What is the most interesting thing you have done during your apprenticeship?
Learning how to weld properly and use different tools in the workshop. I have always wanted to learn how to do these things and now I am!
What skills do you need for the apprenticeship?
You need to be able to work well in a team, be cooperative, good with your hands, and have patience and enthusiasm.
What are your plans for the future?
I want to finish my apprenticeship. When I get enough experience, I'd like to move to Queensland to work in the open cart mines. One day I'd like to run my own engineering business working on mining machinery.
What advice would you give people considering becoming an apprentice engineer?
Any job opportunity you get, and if it's what you want to do, go for it, and give it all your best.
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