Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Electrician) and Diploma in Electrical Enginnering.

Industrial focus

Alex Nikielski made an early start on his career, taking on an Australian School-based Apprenticeship in electrotechnology at St Patricks Technical College, in Adelaide.

"Starting my apprenticeship while I was still at school allowed me to complete my Year 12 Certificate, and get a head start on the career I always wanted," Alex said.

Whilst completing Year 10, Alex undertook on-site work experience with electricians in domestic, commercial and industrial buildings, which helped solidify his decision of wanting to become an electrician.

"Looking back, work experience was a great idea," he said.

"I knew the industry I wanted to be in, but I had no idea that there were so many careers and opportunities available in the field of electrotechnology.

"In the end, I discovered I liked the industrial side of things, and now I know that's the type of electrician I want to be."

Alex completed his Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Electrician) with Automation and Industrial Services in Greenwich.

Alex was rewarded for his efforts, winning the 2011 South Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award as well as being named runner-up of the Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award at the Australian Training Awards.

"A good thing about my apprenticeship is that was earning money to train for a career that I knew I would love," he said.

Alex’s career has gone from strength to strength since his Australian Training Awards experience.

He spent four years with Automation and Industrial Services, where he received a broad spectrum education in the entire process of electrical maintenance and installation, quoting, planning, engineering, and breakdowns/call outs.

“It was a great foundation, giving me in-depth knowledge, plus my employer was really flexible, which allowed me to start night school, where I gained a Diploma in Electrical Engineering,” Alex said.

Alex decided to travel through Europe in 2017, which led to him finding a job in France, where he is indefinitely based.
Working as an electromechanical technician, Alex performs proactive and reactive maintenance on machines responsible for machining, treatment and measurement of aircraft turbine pieces.

And he does all this in French!

If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - Endless Career Possibilities brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

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