Andrew Wright — Automotive Technician (Marine Light)

Andrew Wright — Automotive Technician (Marine Light)


My name’s Andrew. I’m a marine
mechanics apprentice. I’ve always been interested in boating – and marine mechanics is one way where I can be paid for doing something that I like doing
– and be involved in an industry which is changing and there are plenty of opportunities.
My parents have been really supportive of me doing marine mechanics as a career.
I think they would have preferred me going to university but when they’d seen the success that I was having as a marine mechanic, they were just over the moon.
It’s normally a four-year apprenticeship. It’s just been shortened to three-and-a-half years.
And I completed mine in about two years and 10 months. I guess what I really enjoy the most about marine mechanics is the hands-on aspect to it.
You’re making customers happy and just repairing faults and there’s a lot of diagnosis involved in what I do so problem-solving, troubleshooting.
And essentially if the customer’s problem’s fixed at the end of the day, then they’re happy and I’m happy that I’ve completed a good job.
Marine mechanics is a fairly well-paid qualification. There are a lot of people who spend quite a significant amount of money on their boats.
And it’s something that they just want the boat to work when they’re ready to go fishing or boating or for a family holiday.
And generally they don’t take any shortcuts so the mechanics get paid quite well.
The background and theory and the practical background that you receive through the training at TAFE gives you… it certainly gives you an advantage.


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