Having first studied engineering in his home country, Ignacio felt the MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication Trade) would teach him the practical side of the trade.
A native of Uruguay, Ignacio obtained a working holiday visa and followed his heart to Holmesglen so he could further explore an engineering career. Now, he has secured part-time work in the industry, and developed his practical skills in our Moorabbin campus workshop.
With his teachers’ assistance, Ignacio was connected to a job opportunity as a welder at Austral Rigging. The company installs precast concrete panels on construction sites. Ignacio welds the plates that connect these panels that hold the buildings together.
“I would not be able to work now without everything I’ve learned at Holmesglen. I asked my teachers if they could help me do more practice, and learn skills specific for my job. It helped me become better at my work, much faster,” he says.
For Ignacio, already having friends in Melbourne gave him a sense of comfort. It meant he could then turn his attention to his new career.
“I was looking into what I could do in Melbourne and I knew I wanted to study. I went to an Open Day and that was pretty much what convinced me to do the engineering course. I talked to the teachers and talked to people who were studying, and I looked at the workshop.”
The engineering and construction industries are among the largest employment sectors in Australia. MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication Trade) learners develop a range of skills suited to future careers as a welder, sheet metal worker or boilermaker.
Ignacio hopes to use his course to work in fabrication and sheet metal, and will follow a Holmesglen pathway into Certificate IV and Diploma training.
After completing his assessments, Ignacio has enjoyed growing his creativity. He has built a potbelly stove, bicycle and anvil in our workshop – all possible through the encouragement of his teachers.
“All of the teachers have a lot of experience. They’ve worked for many years in their trade and can offer you examples and ways to apply what you’re learning. Anyone can watch a YouTube video, but when you have people who have actually done it, all that experience counts,” Ignacio says.
To find out what career opportunities are available to you, visit our engineering courses page.