- Regional Competition 2009: Gold
- National Competition 2010: Gold
My interest in the industry first started as a child working on the weekends and school holidays alongside my father on the family poultry farm business. Working on the farm provided me with insight into this industry due to the maintenance and repair of a variety of plant and agricultural equipment. This provided me with the work ethic I have today and gave me a lot of hands-on experience which lead me into the industry.
In the short term I aim to continue working in a field service environment, from this I will be continually learning and gaining valuable experience and product knowledge. Longer term I would like to “get off the tools” and take on a managerial role. Then possibly take on other areas of the business such as marketing, sales and product support.
What I enjoy most about heavy vehicle mechanics
I love the continual challenge and day-to-day variety of my job. One day I could be on a mine site working on large dump trucks and the following day I could be working on a tug boat in Sydney Harbour. With this comes the constant challenge of a variety of problems and this I believe, is where you perform at your optimum level and learn the most.
How has WorldSkills Australia helped me?
WorldSkills Australia has given me the confidence both personally and professionally to address any problem or situation methodically to achieve the best outcome. This applies in all areas of life, both at work and at home. WSA has also given me the ability to network with people and companies both in my industry and other industries which is a valuable tool to have.
I highly recommend WorldSkills to others. It is a valuable learning experience for any competitor no matter what the result. Since winning the national gold medal in 2010 I have been in touch with my local WorldSkills mentor to try and promote it more in my workplace and which will hopefully encourage fellow apprentices to enter future regional WorldSkills competitions.