Interview with Apprentice Jake Dyer (2019)

In this interview we chat with Jake Dyer, a 22-year old third year apprentice training at WesTrac South Guildford.

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What did you do before becoming a WesTrac apprentice?

I was working two jobs, one of which was for Australia's leading retailer for photography equipment and the other was fitting parts.

Why did you want to become a WesTrac apprentice?

To put it simply, I wanted more. I wanted a better foundation for a long career. It wasn't enough for me to be a parts fitter onsite, I wanted to know the ins and outs of a trade, not just the bare minimum. Not that there's anything wrong with fittings parts, for me I'm just focused on what I want to be doing ten years from now and I knew an apprenticeship would get me there.

What are you most looking forward to in the WesTrac apprentice program?

I'm looking forward to the program ending and the knowledge that I'll be a fully qualified tradesman at that point. I'm looking forward to that feeling of accomplishment and the start of what will be a long career in this industry.

What is the most interesting thing you have learned so far?

Learning all the complex machine specifications has been both interesting and challenging. I've also enjoyed learning about customer requirements and understanding that each customer wants a different piece of equipment depending on their application, project and industry. It's also been great to understand why Cat equipment is the best in the world and what makes its superior to competing brands. Nothing beats knowing that we're delivering the customer a high quality product that will get the job done!

What's it like working at WesTrac?

During my time I've noticed that anyone is willing to help if I'm stuck on a task or I'm having difficulty understanding something. My team members are also proactive in lending a hand and always offering support, without me being forced to ask. It feels good knowing they've got my back. 

What is the best thing about working at WesTrac?
  • There is no better place to get a complete mastery of a trade in this industry.
  • Learning from tradesmen and trainers who have decades of experience.
  • The reputation WesTrac has in the industry, it means something to work here.
If you could give future apprentices one piece of advice, what would it be?

Head down, bum up. And don't be afraid to ask questions! Learn as much as you can and take full advantage of your time as a WesTrac apprentice.

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