What’s a typical day in the life of an apprentice mechatronics maintenance technician?
After arriving at the Plant Yard, I attend the daily Toolbox Talk meeting to find out my jobs for the day before I then go and find all the necessary tools. I’m currently going down the electrical route so that involves tasks such as installing new systems onto our rigs and fixing any electrical faults on machinery that has returned from our project sites.
What have you gained from the apprenticeship experience so far?
Being an apprentice helps set you up for working life and provides you with many career opportunities early on. I’m constantly in a learning frame of mind so I soak up so much knowledge from the people around me. I’m surrounded by people who have so much experience that they pass down to me. My colleagues will often show me more efficient ways of completing tasks, which saves a lot of time.
What have been some of the biggest highlights of your apprenticeship so far?
Last year, I won the BTEC 1st Year Recognition Award from my college for my hard work and commitment to my apprenticeship, as well as the rapid improvement I made within my first year. In addition to this, I was nominated for the Best Plant Technician prize at the CPA (Construction Plant-hire Association) Stars of the Future Awards 2023. It was fantastic to receive this recognition from my college and a leading industry body.
What would you say is key to succeeding in your role?
As well as being organised and managing your time, first of all, it’s important to choose an apprenticeship that you’re interested in. If you enjoy your field of work, you naturally engage more and want to apply yourself, which inevitably leads to success.
Do you know what you’d like to do once you finish your apprenticeship?
I would love to stay within this team as my colleagues are all lovely to be around and are so supportive. It’s an interesting job as it’s always changing and the work is never repetitive. I enjoy problem-solving so it’s a great fit for me.