Apprentice of the Month, March 2019, Karl Berlin
The 21-year-old, agricultural mechanical technology apprentice is in the fourth year of his training and has impressed everyone – his employer, his clients and his trainer – with the quality of his work.
“His book work is exemplary. When he writes a response it is amazing the detail he goes into,” said Terry Palfrey, Karl’s MTA Institute trainer.
“He also goes to factory training and receives top marks. He rises to every challenge and the feedback from clients is terrific. Karl deserves the recognition for his hard work.”
And there is plenty of work to do at Barambah Machinery – the business is located in farming country at Murgon, 270km north west of Brisbane, and offers repair and maintenance services, as well as machinery sales, to the local community.
A career in the agricultural sector was always on the cards for Karl. Brought up in a farming family, he spent his childhood helping out around the property.
“I have always been around agricultural equipment – driving tractors, fixing small engines and so on, bascially helping out wherever I could,” he says.
At school, this interest translated into gaining work experience at Barambah Machinery and, after finishing school, the start of his apprenticeship. The work and the training, Karl says, has been a lot of fun.
“It has been really good. I have learned a lot and we work on everything – tractors, hydraulics, hay equipment, anything that can be found on a farm. I really enjoy what I do. It is hard work though!”
With just a few weeks left before he is due to complete his training, Karl says the Murgon area and Barambah Machinery is where he would like to stay.
“In the long run I don’t know where I will end up, but I do want to keep working here. It a great place to work.”
10 May 2019