Five minutes with…Justin Bye

Justin Bye works as a Diesel Mechanic at MDG contracting Pty Ltd, owned by Jason Martin in East Devonport Tasmania. He has been training with lecturer Andrew Ringsgwandl from TasTAFE on Alenvale campus for his Certificate III in mobile plant technology.

Through his dad’s auto bodyworks business, Justin got the chance to work there when he was younger, it was through this he realised a career as a diesel mechanic was his career goal, “I would say that my dad has been my biggest influence and just the passion for cars, bikes and all things mechanical. When I was a kid I was always messing around with motorbikes and cars either with Dad or just by myself out in the shed. I have always been interested in the mechanical side of things and always strived to understand how everything worked to the best of my ability and that is why I chose to be a mechanic. It gives me the opportunity to learn more about my passion and allowed me to turn it into a career.”

Justin has been putting in all the extra training relevant to his trade and tasks which he will be assessed on at the competition, doing his own training from home after work and on the weekends. “I’m really hoping I’m able to show my skills to my full potential and hopefully win the competition as well as meet new people and expand my network,” he says.

Justin expressed how he thoroughly enjoyed his experience competing at the 2017 WorldSkills Regional Competition, he gave it his everything and it really did pay off, “I was ecstatic when I found out that I had won and was exited that I would get the chance to compete at the Nationals!”

Amazing, eye-opening and nerve-racking, three words Justin used to describe his experience with WorldSkills so far, “I feel amazed about it all, being able to represent my state is amazing and just being able to experience it is a big deal. Not many people get this opportunity,” he says.

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