Inspired by his mum, this ambitious young man had the courage and determination to leave home on idyllic Stradbroke Island to take up the challenge of his dream apprenticeship as a Fitter and Turner in the Faculty of Science Mechanical Workshop at The University of Queensland, straight from school.
Dan-nar-leigh Crouch is a young man who knew he always liked mechanical things.
“I was doing a lot of fitting and reassembling work at home as a hobby and enjoyed taking things apart and fixing them,” said Dan-nar-leigh.
Having applied for a few positions but never getting anywhere, he knew when the opportunity came up from MIGAS he had to jump on it. Given this also meant moving from Stradbroke Island to busy Brisbane, no one was prepared for how well he would re-settle and apply himself to his trade.
Dan-nar-leigh admits he struggled at first and didn’t find anything easy as he was fresh out of school, had to move away from home, and had to adjust quickly. However, once he understood where and why he was struggling with the support of his MIGAS mentor, Dan-nar-leigh applied himself and was able to pick things up so that he is now striving ahead at TAFE.
Demonstrating a methodical approach when taking on complex and technical jobs and instructions, Dan-nar-leigh has proven he has the potential to become a real asset to the team in the workshop. Then again, this is not your typical engineering workshop. Sitting within the Faculty of Science the Mechanical Workshop supports research scientists, undergraduate and post graduate university students. The specialist facilities create custom prototypes for the delivery of research components.
Something really special about this role is the parts he makes each day may form part of Australia’s newest technology and scientific research. Dan-nar-leigh goes home everyday knowing he’s making a difference.
“There is not really any job like it and there is no limit to what Dan-nar-leigh will be exposed to. I think it’s one of the best Fitting and Turning apprenticeships in this country,” said Rob Webb, the Workshop Supervisor.
Likewise, Dan-nar-leigh enjoys the people he works with.
"They are the best thing about the apprenticeship, and I know they have a lot to teach me," he said.
Dan-nar-leigh sees his future within the current team now completing his third year in the role.
"The thing that motivates me each day is knowing I am making my Mum proud, I'm an only child, and she wanted me to achieve, so I’m motivated to do well to make my Mum happy for me," said Dan-nar-leigh.
“The range and challenge of the work is endless. Plus, I'm doing something I love which makes it easy for me to do well."