Jordan's career moving like well-oiled machine
A Southland finalist for a top New Zealand-wide apprentice award says his boyhood fascination with machinery inspired him to become a mechanic.
Jordan Andrews, a heavy diesel mechanic apprentice at Advance Agricentre in Invercargill, is one of four national finalists for the MTA Apprentice of the Year 2013 competition.
Mr Andrews said he was fascinated by machines and motorbikes while growing up on a farm at Waimahaka.
"I was always tinkering with things, I enjoyed figuring out how things work," he said.
He travels to Wellington today to compete in the final stage of the competition. He must complete four practical tasks in a "tool-off" with the other three finalists, then attend a panel interview with the judges.
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in the Bay of Islands on October 19.
The prize pack includes a chance to get hands-on experience with a V8 racing team in Sydney, $3,500, a study grant, and a ‘hot lap' with supercar driver Greg Murphy.
Mr Andrews said he was nervous about the practical tasks because he had no idea what they would be.
His favourite part of his job was the variety of tasks.
"I'm not doing the same thing every day. I could be in Te Anau one day, going out to work on break downs and repairs, then the next day I'm overhauling an entire engine."
Advance Agricentre service manager Donald Fleck said he nominated Mr Andrews for the award because of his attention to detail.
"You want to be able to tell an apprentice how to do a job once, and you want them to be able to do it on their own after that. Jordan does that."
"I haven't struck anything that he's been caught out on."
Mr Andrews said he plans to continue working at Advance Agricentre after he finishes his apprenticeship at the end of the year.
"I'll probably stay at least a few years."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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