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VIDEO: Graphic on screen: Ben Swan Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Longford Heliport Longford
Ben Swan sitting in the office.
VIDEO: Ben Swan sitting in the office.
Graphic on screen: Ben Swan Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
AUDIO: My dad’s a motor mechanic so I was always working in the family business. Always liked mechanical stuff and then when I came across the helicopters and aircraft I thought, yeah that’s what I want to do.
VIDEO: Helicopters landing and taking off.
Graphic on screen: Longford Heliport Longford
AUDIO: Our aircraft are used for taking oil rig workers to offshore platforms.
VIDEO: Ben Swan and other aircraft maintenance engineers inspecting a helicopter in the hangar.
AUDIO: We’ve got six aircraft that can each seat twelve passengers and they do four flights a day, taking passengers offshore. At night we are on-call, so if someone gets really sick or something offshore we can do what’s called a medi-vac as well as doing search and rescue winching and training like that. Yeah, it’s a pretty broad operation.
VIDEO: Ben Swan inspecting parts and writing notes.
AUDIO: With TAFE; depending on which sort of aircraft you work on, you get a different course tailored and they’re usually one, two or three week blocks, so you’ll go out there for a certain subject. DO that, do your exams and go back to work for however long until the next subject comes up.
VIDEO: Ben Swan working on the helicopter with a colleague.
AUDIO: And once you’ve done your three years of trade school, hopefully you’ve covered everything and you get your certificate.
VIDEO: Ben Swan sitting in the office
AUDIO: Good hours, good money and probably the biggest thing is that you can go anywhere once you’re done.
VIDEO: A helicopter taking off.
AUDIO: You’re not going to be stuck in the same workshop for the rest of your life.
AUDIO: I know Esso itself run helicopter operations in Papua New Guinea and yeah, the jobs are anywhere. Wherever there’s aircraft, there’s working going, so you can really get to see a bit of the country as well as other countries.
VIDEO: A helicopter flying off into the distance.
VIDEO: (fade to black)
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Students may be eligible for government-subsidised training. This is only offered by training providers who have a contract with the Victorian Government to deliver government-subsidised training.
If you're eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of the training.
Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol . Course availability data is sourced from the Australian Course Information Register.
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