Making light work of heavy vehicles

The West Australian
Cameron Lennox competing at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition.
Camera IconCameron Lennox competing at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition. Credit: Joseph Feil/Blue Tree Studios

A young apprentice from WA took out the bronze medal in heavy vehicle mechanics at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Melbourne.

Cameron Lennox, a third- year heavy plant mechanic apprentice at Cunninghams Ag Service in Moora, earned his spot in the competition after winning the State final in his category in 2015.

The national competition hosts more than 500 of Australia’s best trainees and apprentices in a three-day competition, testing trade and skill technicians across 60 categories.

Despite working primarily on Case IH farm machinery at Cunninghams, Cameron was able to transfer his skills to unfamiliar truck engines and successfully diagnosed all faults presented to him.

He said the competition was challenging, but hugely beneficial.

“The competition was a massive eye-opener, not only due to the sheer size, but also the atmosphere and level of competition — all of the other competitors had specialised in truck mechanics and had already completed dual trades in mechanics and auto electrics.”

The October event was the culmination of months of training for Cameron, who spent a total of 18 hours being tested on his ability to troubleshoot across six categories, including hydraulics, electric diagnostics and engine tune-up and diagnostics.

In addition to his mechanical apprenticeship, Cameron is also completing a Certificate IV and Diploma in Engineering with support from Cunninghams, and hopes to study a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering within the next five years.

Cunninghams Ag Service dealer principal Brett Young said the company was extremely proud of Cameron’s success and his achievements during his apprenticeship.

“This is a remarkable achievement for a young apprentice from the small country town of Moora. Cameron has demonstrated a real commitment to training and motivation to compete with the best in the industry,” he said.

“We congratulate Cameron on his outstanding success and believe he has an excellent career ahead of him.

“It has also been a great result for Cunninghams Ag Service manager Tim King, to have Cameron win this award. Tim, with his dedication, has always set very high standards for his fellow mechanics.”

Cameron also acknowledged Tim King as playing an instrumental role in his training, along with the support from the whole Cunninghams Ag Service family and Case IH.

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