Joseph Pauley

Industrial Mechanics Millwright

Best of Nation
  • International Result Silver Medal
  • Region Perth South
  • Employer Albany Engineering

Training Institute: Polytechnic West, Midland Campus
Qualification: Certificate III in Mechanical Trade (Fitter Machinist)
National Results: Silver Medal

Skillaroo Joseph Pauley‘s passion for his trade speaks volumes through his determination and tireless training regime.

How would you describe yourself in five terms or less?
Not very talkative.

Would you recommend your trade to others?
Yes, I would recommend this trade to others. Once you are qualified, you can work in a quite a few different industries (i.e. mining, forestry, agriculture, etc.). It would be a good trade for someone that enjoys doing a bit of everything.

Who is your mentor and why?
The person I look up to in my field of work would be my foreman, Terry Grayson. He makes being a fitter machinist look easy – there could be a few guys looking at a job and trying to figure out what would be the best way to do it, and he would just walk up, look at it a while and come up with a brilliant plan.

In your opinion, what are the benefits of pursuing a career via a vocational education and training pathway?
The benefits are many I think – there will always be jobs for skilled tradespeople, and there are opportunities to be paid well for your job. Also, it is great for people who don%27t want to be stuck behind a desk or go to university.

Would you recommend others to participate in a WorldSkills Australia competition? What advice would you give them?
Yes, I would recommend participating in WorldSkills Australia competitions. My advice would be to practice as much as possible, but try not to worry too much about the competition – just enjoy the experience while it lasts.

How do you feel about representing Australia in São Paulo, Brazil?
I am proud to represent my country in my category. I am excited to go to Brazil and see some of the country. And, of course, I’m feeling nervous about the competition!


Pete Buttenshaw

Deputy Chief Expert for Industrial Mechanics Millwright, Pete Buttenshaw is passionate about providing the best training and development opportunities.

How long have you been involved with WorldSkills Australia?
16 years.

Why have you chosen to volunteer your time with WorldSkills Australia?
I enjoy promoting trades and encouraging young people to be successful in their chosen vocation.

Describe how your involvement with WorldSkills Australia has benefited you personally and professionally.
I get to meet different people with the same passion for trades training and exposure in different and better ways of doing things. I have formed a professional network with people all over the world. I enjoy seeing the different ways people do things it improves my work and myself as a person.

Would you recommend others to get involved in WorldSkills Australia competitions? What advice would you give them?
Just try it – it is hard work, but the benefits and personal satisfaction are well worth it.

What advice would you give to the 2015 Skillaroos?
You can never do too much training. Once you compete, the first thing you will tell me is, “I should have trained harder.”