Female tradie Emma Zeimer has already completed her mechanical apprenticeship, and is on her way to gaining her dual trade in Electrotechnology as well.
While on the job as a mechanic, Emma noticed she wanted to know more about the electrical side of what she was doing and, after five years, decided to aim for an electrical qualification. After applying with MIGAS, her name was put forward for an apprenticeship with a large construction company and she hasn’t looked back since.
"There are so many different opportunities now. I went from 'little' to 'big'. There is so much more to learn. It's not just wires and cables. There is cable tray, designing of brackets, learning the circuits and understanding where everything goes and how everything is linked and switched: from conveyor belt weighers to the emergency stops."
As a result of the construction project wrapping up, Emma was out of work for a period of time, during which she lost her house to Cyclone Marcia. Despite this, Emma continued to attend TAFE and worked hard to find a new host, working closely with her MIGAS Field Officer to ensure no opportunity was missed.
Through perseverance and a commitment to finishing her apprenticeship, Emma is back on track to complete her apprenticeship in December 2015 with a new host company in Brisbane.
Completing her apprenticeship in a male dominated industry, Emma has displayed good humour in her day to day tasks, with her quirky character ensuring high morale on site. Emma gives 100% in everything she does, always asking the right questions to help further her knowledge.
What does her host say?
"At all times I have found Emma to be dependable, conscientious, hardworking and happy, with great attention to detail in all of the tasks given to her. Emma is always keen to take on new challenges and learn about the job at hand; she always asks the right questions."
David Onofrio, Leading Hand
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Article in the Gladstone Observer, published 4 August 2015