Dale McMullen — Automotive Technician

Dale McMullen — Automotive Technician


My name’s Dale and I did my apprenticeship in automotive mechanics.
Throughout Year 10 I remember being at school. I wasn’t being so successful at school – more so because I wasn’t learning what I thought I wanted to be learning.
So come the end of the year, I made the decision that that’s what I wanted to do.
I finished Year 10 and went for it. I think I finished… Something like a Friday afternoon was the last day of school and the next Monday I was starting my apprenticeship.
You spent a day just training so just in the workshop at TAFE or just in the classroom at TAFE. Then you’d be given a light amount of homework – nothing compared to what you would do at high school.
The lecturers are all from industry, almost all from industry so they’ve been there and done that before – they know exactly what you’re going through.
One of the most memorable things about my apprenticeship was being in the classroom with a bunch of other guys who have the exact same interests as you.
So while you were obviously there to learn for that one reason but there was also a lot of good camaraderie.
You look at the state of Australia at the moment.
The tradespeople are in huge demand. So once you do get qualified, you’re never going to be short of a job and you’re going to be just about able to name your price.
Even if I get out of the trade, I’ve still got that apprenticeship, that trade background so I can just walk into just about any workshop.
I think the old view of having to go to university to be successful is starting to die out.
So apprenticeships and traineeships are a really good way to go. They’re a really good career path no matter what trade you choose.


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