VIDEO: Graphic on screen: Interview with Ben Iredale: Talking about his job as a Fitter & turner
Ben Iredale standing in a factory in his work clothes.
VIDEO: Ben Iredale standing in a factory in his work clothes.
Graphic on screen: Fitter & Turner Ben Iredale JC Smale Notting Hill
AUDIO: Well, as a kid I loved playing with Lego and basically taking things apart.
VIDEO: Ben Iredale adjusting equipment at a bench.
AUDIO: Um, my mum keeps reminding me about, she’d come home some days and the door latches would be in pieces because I just wanted to see how it all worked.
AUDIO: So, I guess it’s an extension from that; coming into a trade that’s related.
VIDEO: Ben Iredale adjusting some machinery.
AUDIO: When it comes to fitting and turning, it’s mostly working with steels or aluminium or any sort of alloys like that. Most of the work we do here is mild steel or stainless steel.
VIDEO: Ben Iredale standing at a control panel and operating a lathe.
AUDIO: I do like machining; working on the lathe because you start with a block of steel and create a useable part. That feels pretty good. I like welding, that’s always fun.
AUDIO: Welding’s just melting two bits of metal together. It’s just appealing.
VIDEO: Ben Iredale inspecting plans.
AUDIO: I didn’t really know what to expect when I began but I didn’t think there’d be any opportunities like I’ve had so far.
AUDIO: To be able to pack up the machines and to work on site in Australia and around the world.
VIDEO: Ben Iredale working steel beams on a bench.
AUDIO: One of the most interesting jobs I’ve worked on was for a brick plant in Perth where we made all the parts here; assembled it all and sent it over to Perth and reassembled it all there. And it was amazing to stand on these finished machines, watching them put the bricks through the kiln then pack them all up on pallettes and send them out. When you think back to when we were standing in the workshop and it was just lumps of steel. So, that was probably the most amazing job I’ve worked on.
AUDIO: Oh, it’s definitely – the trade’s definitely paid off for me. I love – I love my job basically.
VIDEO: (fade to black)
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