Zane Lord-Miller is the MTAQ Student of the Month for January 2016.

The 19-year-old, 4th-year Heavy Commercial Vehicle student, working with M&H Oakey near Toowoomba, has impressed with his skills, work ethic and passion for the trade.

“Zane is an excellent student,” said MTAI trainer Ian Exentaris. “We have trained on some big units, including engine rebuilds, Eaton-Fuller transmissions and rebuilding Ross Hydrosteer boxes, and his passion for the trade is commendable.”

Zane has always been interested in the trade – his two brothers are mechanics, and his father is a mature-age automotive apprentice – and started work experience at M&H Oakey while still at school.

“I really enjoy working here,” he said. “We do a bit of everything – hydraulics, air conditioning, COI’s, roadworthy certificates, as well as mechanical work on cars and trucks. I also work on the RACQ breakdown service.”

His boss, Brian Hobbs, is very pleased with Zane’s progress. “He really is very good,” said Brian. “He has picked it all up well and I know I can leave him on his own as he knows exactly what he is doing.”

With his apprenticeship soon to end, Zane said he may widen his considerable skills even further.

“I’ll probably look at auto-electrics,” he said. “I haven’t thought about it too much but I think I’d like to stay on and do my auto-electrical training.”