‘An apprenticeship is such a useful thing’
Darwin boilermaker Mitch Hansen is using his welding skills gained from his Australian Apprenticeship to help build his father’s new house out of shipping containers.
The 21-year-old works a seven day on/off roster with GTNT and host employer GEMCO - BHP Billiton, and spends his week off constructing the home.
Mitch says that he is proud of his skills and determined to continually improve.
“If I did not have my welding skills from my apprenticeship, there is no way we would be able to make a house out of shipping containers,” Mitch said.
“People do not realise that there is quite a lot involved in being a boilermaker – you need to know how to weld different types of metal and not everyone can pick up a drawing and go ahead and make it.”
Mitch started his Australian Apprenticeship as a 17-year-old and immediately knew he had made the right decision.
“I loved working and not being in a classroom or in an office,” he said.
“An apprenticeship is such a useful thing. You can get a job anywhere, get paid excellently, the work keeps you fit and it is good fun.”
Mitch is on-track to complete his Australian Apprenticeship in late-2014.
For more information about the shipping container housing project, read Mitch's Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador Column.