Brendan Phillips started his Certificate III Engineering - Mechanical Trade apprenticeship in 2008 at Andromeda Industries.
He was named the 2010 Apprentice of the Year in the New England Region.
Andromeda Industries is a locally owned manufacturing company in Moonbi, north of Tamworth.
Its special field is the design and manufacture of plaited and woven steel cables for rigging gear, and terminal systems for these cables.
Although the basis of the company is technical, in the manufacture of physical products, the management believe that the human and social responsibilities are equally important.
To survive the economic downturn Andromeda broadened its manufacturing capabilities and increased skills training.
As a result, Brendan had the opportunity to work on a major aerospace contract that would normally have been the domain of much more experienced staff. This project included complex programming, milling and machining, verifying the accuracy of the measurements, and all within a tight time frame.
Over the course of his apprenticeship Brendan has improved his communication, leadership and time management skills, built his knowledge and confidence and now actively seeks out opportunities to develop himself and the company.
Through his hard work, training and enthusiasm Brendan has been able to help Andromeda advance into the aerospace and defence manufacturing sector.
Through his work and studies Brendan has seen dramatic changes within the engineering industry, with factors such as advancing technology, supply and demand and the global economy.
Brendan understands that these changes create the need for constant learning, to maintain current skills and to be prepared and flexible for the future of the industry.
With his determination and drive to continue to develop his skills, Brendan is now undertaking a Mechanical Engineering degree with the University of Southern Queensland via distance education.
With this combination of vocational and tertiary training Brendan is looking forward to a diverse and interesting career in the ever changing engineering industry.
“The experience, knowledge and skills that I have gained from my apprenticeship are invaluable, and I would gladly recommend apprenticeships to anyone that wanted to become skilled in an industry. I am excited about being able to train and support another apprentice in my industry.”
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