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"I was encouraged to follow this pathway by the people I was working with at the time who were statutory engineers. I could have gone to uni, but at this stage of my life, with work and family commitments, TAFE NSW was a better and more suitable option."
Matt’s career started with TAFE NSW when he began his Plant Mechanic Apprenticeship at TAFE NSW. Twenty years later he turned to TAFE NSW again, this time for an Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering.
It was a challenge for Matt but he said that the late nights and early mornings have meant that he can now complete the Mechanical Engineering Certificate of Competence with the NSW Resource Regulator.
"I know where I want to go and where my interests and talents lie, it’s just a matter of being committed and focused," he says.
"A Statutory Mechanical Engineer is an important role within the mine management structure, and would give me the opportunity to be able to contribute and influence the safe operation of the mine".
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What job opportunities could an engineering course lead to?
An engineering course can lead to a number of job opportunities, from improving medical equipment and health care systems as a biomedical engineer to planning, designing and building structures we use everyday as a civil engineer.
Qualifications in engineering can lead to a job as an mechanical engineer, engineering technician, marine engineer, CNC specialist or a fabrication tradesperson. The average weekly salary for industrial, mechanical and production engineers is $1,653.
Whether you're just starting out in your engineering career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.
TAFE courses in the area include Engineering, Engineering Drafting, Electrical Engineering, Maritime Operations, Marine Mechanical Technology and Medical Equipment Servicing & Technical Support.