TIM WARD IS the MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month for January 2018.
The 36-year-old light vehicle apprentice is no stranger to the automotive trade – he is already a qualified engine reconditioner and has worked in the industry with Repco as well as for the the past 11 years at current employer Yatala Headworx and Automotive Service – a family business founded by his father and at which his two brothers also work.
So, why, after years of work in the industry trade, would a well-qualified and experienced tradesman take it upon himself to go through training again?
“We are a small family business and I thought it would be a good thing to have another ticket under my belt,” said Tim. “I am pretty experienced at what I do, but it’s nice to have something on paper.”
While his experience means his understanding of the training requirements is very high, it is, he said, a really useful exercise.
“I do quite enjoy the training. Although there is a lot of stuff that I have to go through again, there are always new things that you learn and pick up along the way.
“I’ve been around for a long time so that does make it easier!”
And gaining the light vehicle ticket won’t be the last bit of training Tim does either, as he has his eye set on further qualifications down the track. And that is not surprising, as Yatala Headworx offers a wide range of services from general servicing to EFI diagnostics to dyno tuning and a fair bit in between, including installing ECUs, and doing wiring and tuning, for circuit and drag racing cars.
“We are a one-stop shop,” said Tim.
“So getting that extra training is a good thing. And once I have completed this course, I will be looking at an auto-electic qualification too. It’s the way the industry is heading.”