A career in top gear

Fulfilling a dream he’s held from childhood, Sevag Parseghian has a professionsl career  working with cars at Mercedes-Benz Australia. After starting as a Workshop Controller in Melbourne, Sevag is now based in Brisbane as the Technical Service Manager for the QLD, NT and WA territory. “I recall as a kid always being fascinated with motor vehicles and motor sports. Anything that had an engine and went fast,” Sevag said.

Sevag completed his Australian Apprenticeship in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Light Vehicle) with WPC Group, Mercedes-Benz of Melbourne and Kangan Institute of TAFE.

The enthusiasm he showed during his training led to him to be selected as the only apprentice in the pit crew for Mercedes-Benz’s AMG Drive Experience Program.

“I never thought my apprenticeship would lead to driving a Mercedes around the Albert Park and Philip Island raceways, but it did. It’s amazing the experiences I have had,” he said.

Sevag was awarded the 2010 WPC Group Apprentice of the Year and the 2011 Snap-on Tools Apprentice of the Year.  In 2012, he was named runner-up to the Australian Apprentice of the Year Award at the Australian Training Awards.

Having also completed a Diploma of Automotive Mechanical Technology, Sevag now has a useful combination of skills to further his career with Mercedes Benz or to one day manage his own business.

Sevag has offered this advice for people thinking about starting on this career pathway.

“Follow your heart and your dreams. If you do what you enjoy you'll succeed and do really well. Completing my Australian Apprenticeship as a mechanic was the best decision I ever made,” he said.

Watch The Automotive Mechanic: Sevag’s Story.

 

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