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Coasting : Issue 9 Mar 2010
21 www.coastingtoday.com .au Occupation: Third-year apprentice mechanic. Name: Timothy Amies. Age: 19. Suburb: Narara. COASTING CAREER Get your What does the occupation involve? I work five-and-a -half to six days a week at Ultra Tune Erina. I work on a diverse range of vehicles, from normal servicing, to street-performance and muscle cars, and Dyno tuning to the good oldies with no fuel injection or electronic systems, just carburetion and a set of points. What first attracted you to this job? I’ve grown up working around cars all my life so it is in my blood. When I was at school I had the opportunity of doing a TAFE course as part of my schooling which gave me an advantage when I applied for an apprenticeship. What training/preparation is required? You must attend TAFE one day a week for three years. The course consists of theory, practical and exams which give you competencies for each training module. Best part of the gig? Working on performance/muscle cars and old cars with carburetion and points, because all of today’s modern cars are now fuel injected. It’s rewarding to work on these vehicles as not many apprentice mechanics will have this opportunity, and as time goes by there won’t be many tradespeople who will be able to repair these cars. Also, it’s good to be able to work on my own car, restoring and modifying my 1983 Toyota Cressida. Worst part of the gig? There isn’t anything really bad about the job because you are working on a diverse range of cars. Most interesting day on the job so far? Every day is interesting because you don’t know what type of cars will come in, such as muscle cars right through to high-performance street machines. What salary can a new-starter expect in this job? A first-year apprentice mechanic can earn around $8 an hour. As you achieve your competencies each year your wage will increase. There is government assistance for apprentices and you can get a wage top-up. What do you hope to be doing for work in 10 years? Working on muscle cars and performance vehicles. I also hope to have my own business. REWARDING: Apprentice mechanic Timothy Amies on the job at Ultra Tune Erina. Picture by Aaron Brown. DIVERSE: DIVERSE: Timothy likes that he gets Timothy likes that he gets to work on a range of vehicles. to work on a range of vehicles. Bring your ideas and get our specialists to design quality custom made furniture! 92 Pacific Highway, Tuggerah Phone 4351 3088 166 The Entrance Road, Erina Phone 4365 6298 custom made furniture specialist FREEMEASURE"E Furniture available R Tassie Oak R Recycled Oregon Blackwood R Black Butt R Jarrah R Rosewood & Pine Australian owned and made to order Come and see our exclusive range of furniture A8680701-4Mar
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