Interview with Apprentice Ryan Manning (2019)

In this interview we chat with Ryan Manning, a 20-year old first year apprentice training at WesTrac South Guildford.

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What did you do before becoming a WesTrac apprentice?

I worked on my family's farm doing all kinds of jobs, from operating machinery to mending fences. This apprenticeship is my first job!

Why did you want to become a WesTrac apprentice?

I had always been interested in working on cars and farm equipment at home. There is something about fixing and maintaining things that I enjoy. I wanted to pursue a career that meant I'd be happy going to work everyday, so when I saw WesTrac was accepting applications, I jumped at the chance. With WesTrac being such a large company, I knew there would be opportunities to work in lots of different areas, on all types of equipment.

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

I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can to expand my knowledge as a diesel mechanic. I want to be able to repair a wide range of equipment with confidence.

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

Before starting my apprenticeship, I didn't know much about the mining industry and how it all operated. Since then I've been to the Pilbara region and learned how much it takes to run an efficient mine site operation. Every site is a like a giant machine, with hundreds of cogs all turning at once to make things run smoothly.

What's it like working at WesTrac?

It's great. There are a lot of experienced mechanics that have a diverse range of knowledge and everyone is willing to help you out and show you the best way to do things. No matter your experience level, your work mates are there to help each other out and work as a team.

Why should people apply for the WesTrac apprentice program?
  • One of the best apprenticeship programs available in Australia
  • An in-house TAFE system; the're a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
  • Lecturers who want to see you succeed and guide you to achieve your best

If you could give future apprentices one piece of advice, what would it be?

Always look for that opportunity to learn as much as you can an don't be afraid to put your hand up and give it a go. The best way to learn is by getting out there, outside your comfort zone, and giving it your best shot.

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