Stainless Steel Engineer - Jeff
I also make fridges, bain maries (where you keep hot and cold food), stair cases, children's playground equipment, art displays, handrails (I made all the handrails at Parliament House in Canberra) and showers.
I've always been interested in doing things with my hands, when leaving college I desperately wanted to do an apprenticeship so I could have a trade behind me.
I really wanted a mechanics apprenticeship but at the time
they were hard to get. I became a Stainless Steel Engineer because there was an
apprenticeship available at that time.
I started work as a labourer and after a couple of months I
was offered an apprenticeship for 4 years. I was grateful to get the chance to get a trade
behind me so if I left do try something else, I could always come back to the stainless
Funny enough at school I loved English and History and wasn't
fussed on maths. But now in the stainless steel trade, Maths is what I use the most -
Thank goodness I paid attention in maths although it wasn't my favourite subject, I would
be unable to do my job without it.
4 years work on the job and for 3 years 1 day a week I went to Tech (TAFE) for Education.
I applied for my job out of the paper. My first pay for the first few years was small but now that I have finished my apprenticeship the money is more worth while.
I have to work in a factory with about 20 other people some being tradesman, some being apprentices. Alot of people who like to do stainless steel work usually like Metal work at school.
In our work place, the more effort I put in the more wages and luxuries I receive.