For Middlemount resident Nick Lohrey, a diesel fitting apprenticeship proved the key to securing a job with one of the world’s largest mining companies by his seventeenth birthday.
Having a passion for mechanics and engineering since his early teens, Nick got his start in the mining industry through a certificate program in Year 10. This stood him in good stead to land one of two apprenticeships offered through MIGAS with global mining company Anglo American.
As a diesel fitting apprentice for the company’s Lake Lindsay open cut coal mine, Nick has learnt the secrets behind repairing and maintaining the diesel engines of heavy mobile equipment.
“I’m part of the team that maintains the whole fleet. We stop equipment breaking down and where it does we fix it, so the support we provide is pivotal to the success of the mine,” Nick said.
The third year apprentice said he had been supported through every step of the process by MIGAS and Anglo American.
“The team at work is known for taking great care of its apprentices. They are always checking in with you, and this combined with the help I’ve received from MIGAS has made the experience a very smooth one,” said Nick.
Mastering the electrical side of his trade proved the most rewarding part of the apprenticeship for Nick.
“It is such a complicated part of the job as you are working with an element you can’t see. Everyone knows how challenging it is too, so there is a real sense of satisfaction when you work out the electrical side of a project,” said Nick.
Nick said he loved knowing he would soon have a qualification that could take him anywhere in the world.
“Diesel fitters are needed across the globe, and I like the security that comes with knowing I’ll have such a high demand trade,” said Nick.
With plans to continue working as a diesel fitter for a few years followed by studying mechanical engineering at university, Nick’s future is looking bright indeed.