Heavy Vehicle Industry creates remarkable careers day for senior students

Students across all AITC campuses attended the HVIA Heavy Vehicle Industry Brisbane Truck Show Careers Day. Young people interested in a career in the heavy vehicle industry took advantage of the jobs hub — where industry stakeholders showcased the best of the heavy vehicle industry to inform and entice job seekers.

The Truck Show is the largest on-road automotive event in the Southern Hemisphere exhibiting a huge range of new trucks, trailers, components and equipment for the first time.

Themes of the show focused on innovation, safety, sustainability, careers, knowledge and community. There was also an extension of ideas into technology, design, engineering and advanced manufacturing, road safety, business insights, skills development, education, workplace health and safety and more.

It gave young people a chance to check out:

  • Exhibitors – training organisations ready to help students thinking about their career path.
  • Jobs Exchange – Industry companies showcased available jobs.
  • Presentations by industry ambassadors, personalities and training providers.

Young person from Sunshine Coast campus, Thymias, said learning about the truck industry had been great. “Everything here is interesting, from what kinds of tyres are used to the electronics being used in the computers, the EPUs, turbos; where they travel and what they travel with… The big rigs, the small rigs and what they use in the army.” Eventually Thmias wants to work in the area of heavy diesel, diesel fitting, diesel mechanic. “I want to try whatever I can get my hands on!”

Tayla from Ipswich said she wanted to “learn about trucks and what sort of benefit they had in the future. It’s interesting to see what different industries make for the trucking industry and the technology that is being used.”

The amount of sizeable trucks inside the Convention Centre was impressive. James said he wanted “see the big components,” as he’s interested in working as a diesel fitter in the mining industry. “I’m doing a whole lot of work experience to see if that’s for me.”

There was a huge amount of information available to students on the day. Madi said, “there’s a whole lot more involved in the heavy vehicle industry than I first thought.” While she’s still on the path to work on her traineeship in aged care, Madi admits she’s drawn towards a possibility of working in the heavy vehicle industry.

Matthew, from the Ipswich campus, has his sights on the career path as a heavy commercial vehicle mechanic and networked with many industry professionals on the day. “I’ve done many hours of work experience at places like Brown & Hurley, Mercedes Benz, Dale Automotive, Tivoli Tyre & Mechanical & Ipswich Gearbox Repairs. I’m striving to get an apprenticeship as soon as I can.”

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