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VIDEO: Graphic on screen: Emily Diaz Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Tech Gippstafe Ken Graeme Motors
Emily is standing in front of the work garage.
AUDIO: Hi, I’m Emily. I’m twenty-three, and I’m doing an apprenticeship in light vehicle motor mechanics in Ken Graeme Motors in Moo Moo North.
VIDEO: Graphic Title on Screen: Name: Emily Diaz
Apprenticeship: Certificate III in Automotive
Mechanical Technology Automotive Mechanic Light
TAFE/Training Provider: GippsTAFE
Employer: Ken Graeme Motors
VIDEO: Emily is beneath car, measuring and observing wheel alignment.
VIDEO: Emily is seated on the front of the car, with the hood open, revealing the engine.
AUDIO: Before I started my apprenticeship I did a diploma in animal technology at Box Hill TAFE and it wasn’t really what I wanted to do. So other than animals, I also had an early interest in mechanics and just decided to come back to it, it was something that I wanted to try further.
VIDEO: Close up of Emily spinning the wheel of the car and making adjustments with a hammer.
AUDIO: Once a month I got to trade school for four days in a week. When I finish my time, I will have a certificate III in light vehicle motor mechanics. I’m hoping to use the skills that I’ve learnt here as a stepping stone to work my way towards an engineering diploma.
VIDEO: Emily selects tools to tighten a wheel.
AUDIO: This apprenticeship has given me some really good hands on skills. I love the look on guy’s faces when they bring in their car and they say ‘I have a flat tire’ and I can change it for them. The boss will say ‘Yep, Em.’ So I walk out and…just the look on their faces (laughs).
VIDEO: Emily paints the inside of a wheel.
AUDIO: If you’ve got an interest in cars or if you want to learn more about cars, if that’s one hundred percent what you’re interested in and that’s what you want to learn about, then go for it. You’re earning a living, you’ve got a trade behind you, you have that bit of paper that you can always fall back on.
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.
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Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol . Course availability data is sourced from the Australian Course Information Register.
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