Certificate III in Electrotechnology

Bachelor in Electrical and Mechatronics Engineering

Happiness is…following your passion

From a very young age Shane Ross was always at his happiest tinkering with electrical components and circuitry.  No doubt it was this younger self he was channelling when he decided not to pursue engineering work after finishing his degree, not to stick with his part-time office work, and instead take up an apprenticeship in the electrical industry.

“I think the fact that I had decent Year 12 marks pushed me towards university, but my stint doing office work for four years while at university convinced me I wasn’t made to sit behind a desk all day,” said Shane. “At heart I’m a country boy who loves working with his hands. I wanted to come home from work in a happy mood rather than be depressed, so decided to pursue my passion, electricity.”

Shane completed his apprenticeship in Elecrotechnology in 2016 and is now employed with NSG Boffa in South Australia. “I love the variety,” he said. “There are so many different facets to the industry and through the National Apprentice Employment Network I have had the opportunity to work with different companies and parts of the industry.”

As an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador, Shane is keen to encourage other young people to give an apprenticeship a go. “If you’re thinking about a career in the electrical field you need to be a good communicator, good with your hands, able to work as part of a team and individually, show some initiative and be enthusiastic. Sometimes I’ll see young kids come through and it’s clear they’re not keen on what they’re doing. You can pick out who wants to be there and who doesn’t, so it’s really important to be keen and willing to contribute.

“In retrospect, I’d choose an apprenticeship over university any day. You get paid to learn, meet lots of good people, and because people always need trades, there’s plenty of work around. Certainly, my apprenticeship has been really good for me. I’m a lot happier person since being an electrician and I’m looking forward to what the future brings.”

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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