Automotive testimonials

Student testimonials

conor

Conor, Certificate II in Automotive Studies (Pre-Vocational)

 
Christopher

Christopher, Certificate II in Automotive Studies (Pre-Vocational)

 
Benjamin Schutz

Benjamin Schutz, Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

 
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Conor Ryan, Certificate II in Automotive Studies (Pre-Vocational)
Class of 2016 Gold Medallion – Automotive

 
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed studying at Kangan Institute. The facility is great. The people are really nice and they know what they’re talking about.”

When you truly have a passion, nothing should really get in the way of pursuing it. For pre-apprentice Conor, his love for cars inspired him to take on automotive as a VET subject while completing his Year 12 VCE. And this was a decision that has since put him on the fast track to success.

“I’ve always been interested in cars. My dad has always been into it and it’s something that I’ve always enjoyed – working on cars and playing around with them,” he said.

His natural flair in the workshop and passionate approach to learning was evident to his teachers, who encouraged him to participate in the 2016 WorldSkills national competition as a Victorian representative.

“I was pretty stoked that I got the opportunity, thanks to Kangan Institute. I think my training helped me arrive at this competition because it’s helped me learn basics as well as the more advanced sections which I need to be able to compete,” he said.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed studying at Kangan Institute. The facility is great. The people are really nice and they know what they’re talking about. It doesn’t feel like school even though it is. It’s just lots of fun.”

The keen learner intends to rev up a future in the fast lane by specialising in motorsport and race cars. He has been involved in historic motor racing and looks forward to further studies in motorsport.

“I’d love to get into race car engineering and working on racing cars, the older the better,” he said.

“I’ve been accepted into the Certificate III in Motorsport Technology at Kangan Institute and I’m very excited about starting. I’m hoping it will lead me into the industry of motor racing and maybe even overseas to work on racing cars.”

 
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Christopher, Certificate II in Automotive Studies (Pre-Vocational)

 
Christopher hopes to find a job in light vehicles and has enrolled in our Certificate II in Automotive Studies (Pre-Vocational) to achieve his goal.

“I studied IT at first but I didn’t feel like it was the path for me. I realised a career in automotive could be a better fit for me,” he said.

“Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence is an excellent training facility and the teachers have been great so far. My goal is to secure work placement and eventually find a job working with light vehicles.”

His journey with Kangan Institute is not all work and no play. Christopher is part of the Kangan Institute Cricket Academy launched in partnership with Cricket Victoria, a program aimed at boosting the health and wellbeing amongst students.

“I haven’t played too much cricket before so I thought this was a good opportunity to gain some basic skills. If I end up really enjoying the sport, I can play more and perhaps join a team.”

 
Benjamin Schutz
 
 
 

Benjamin Schutz, Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

 
“We get to experience a variety of work and there’s a great range of technology that’s coming through with new vehicles.”

Benjamin Schutz’s love for cars began at a young age when he started helping his mechanic father in the garage. His positive experience inspired him to embark on a work placement at DC & TM Auto Electrics in Year 10, which soon progressed into a full apprenticeship.

“I’ve always loved working with cars,” he said.

“In my current role I do everything from diagnosis to installing accessories. I love that every day is not the same. We get to experience a variety of work and there’s a great range of technology that’s coming through with new vehicles.”

Self-driven by nature, Benjamin worked towards completing his training a year ahead of schedule and is currently at the tail-end of his apprenticeship.

“Kangan Institute offers competency based training which meant that I could work at my own pace. Teachers were really helpful,” he said.

“The facilities at the Automotive Centre of Excellence were also fantastic. It’s the best in the state, which is why my employer and I chose to go there.”

Benjamin is one of eight Kangan Institute competitors gearing up to compete at the 2018 WorldSkills National Championships in June. His role as a Victorian representative in the automotive electrical category was earned after his wins at the regional leg.

“I feel excited to be representing Victoria. It’s a great opportunity to show off my skills and compete in something that I love doing,” said the 19-year-old.

Benjamin will compete in Sydney from 2-4 June, with winners of each category to represent Australia on the world stage in 2019.

 
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Amber, Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing

 
“The best part about the job is seeing the progress and transformation of the cars that come in, such as old cars getting a respray and smashes that look as good as new once I’m finished.”

What better way to combine a passion for cars and the arts than with a career in vehicle painting? Vehicle spray painter apprentice Amber Gabelich will tell you that doing what you love will not only make life worthwhile, it can also lead to once-in-a-lifetime experiences like competing at WorldSkills!

“I didn’t do too well in a classroom environment; I just couldn’t sit down for that long,” she shared.

“I’ve always loved cars and art, so I decided to do an automotive pre-apprenticeship at Kangan Institute after secondary school and I never looked back.”

Currently working at G.P. Motors in Bairnsdale, Amber says her on-job learning is well complemented by in-depth training at Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence.

“Despite the distance, I chose to study at Kangan Institute because the facilities at the Automotive Centre of Excellence are quite amazing. It has a really good set up with all the vacuums and preparation areas. Teachers are also so helpful,” she shared.

Amber’s creativity and talent shone through at the 2017 WorldSkills regional competitions, which led to the 21-year-old securing a spot as Victorian representative for vehicle painting at the 2018 WorldSkills National Championships in Sydney. Winners will go on to represent Australia on the world stage in 2019.

“I’m feeling a bit nervous but also confident as I’ve been practising at work and at TAFE,” she said.

“It’ll be awesome if I could go on to represent Australia.”

 
Daniel Gavaghan
 
 
 

Daniel Gavaghan, Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology

 
“I plan to keep learning and may consider getting into an engine specialisation one day.”

Mainstream schooling was never the right fit for Daniel Gavaghan who knew he would be happier within a more hands-on environment.

“I left school in Year 10 because I wasn’t too interested in its academic focus. I wanted to do something more hands-on. Since I was always interested in trucks and motors, I thought I’d go down the path of being a mechanic,” he said.

“I applied for jobs and was hired as a diesel mechanic apprentice at Kenworth DAF when I was 16. Despite joining the workforce at a young age, I did well pretty quickly.”

Daniel’s training at Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence also added to his positive experience as an apprentice.

“The facilities, such as the engines rooms, are really good and modern. The teachers also have absolute knowledge of the field,” he said.

Daniel will be competing in the 2018 WorldSkills National Championships as a Team Victoria representative within the Heavy Vehicles category. The 19-year-old earned his place after placing in top three amidst other Victorian heavy vehicle apprentices at the regional competitions.

“I’m proud of my achievements so far. I’ve been working pretty hard and have stayed focused on all the things I had to do to achieve my goals,” he said.

“I hope to advance to the next stage of the competitions.”

For now, it’s competition preparation and work as usual for the diesel mechanic who plans to continue on the path of learning over the next few years.

“I plan to keep learning and may consider getting into an engine specialisation one day,” he shared.


 
 
 
 
 
Amber Gabelich

Amber Gabelich, Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing

 
Daniel Gavaghan

Daniel Gavaghan, Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology