Apprentice of the Month, April 2019, Andrew Leahy

Andrew Leahy is the MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month for April 2019. 

The 28-year-old, heavy vehicle mechanical technology apprentice is in the fourth year of his training and his calm demeanour, excellent work, and enthusiasm has marked him out as an outstanding employee and apprentice.

“The quality of work Andrew produces is second to none,” said Steve Hudspith, Andrew’s MTA Institute trainer.

“If you put him up against any other heavy vehicle mechanic, he would come up trumps.”

Andrew has been working in the auto industry for more than a decade. He has completed a spray-painting apprenticeship and worked in that sector for a while before deciding to move into heavy vehicle.

He moved to work with Rocklea Truck Parts 18 months ago and decided to train to receive his second qualification. His past experience shortened the time it normally takes to get that ticket, but returning to the classroom to do theory work was not easy.

“It was a bit of a struggle for the first three months, but once I got my head back into it, off I went!” he said with a laugh.

Working at Rocklea Truck Parts – which not only offers truck repairs and maintenance but also sells trucks, parts, tyres and accessories – has seen Andrew work on some challenging jobs. That is something he clearly enjoys.

“We do engine rebuilds, engine fits, gearbox fits – a lot of major work,” he said. “And we work on everything – from a Daihatsu to a Kenworth and everything in between! There’s a challenge every day and Rocklea is a good company to work for.”

While Andrew will soon be qualified as both a spray painter and a heavy vehicle mechanic, he is aware that, with the industry evolving as it is, more training lies ahead.

“You have to keep training,” he said. “Things are moving fast and if you don’t keep up, you are going to get left behind.”

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (June 2019 Edition)

7 Jun 2019