ABOVE: Proserpine Machinery Service owner Shane Whitney with Torgas’ Most Outstanding First Year Automotive Apprentice Zac Zwynenburg.
ABOVE: Proserpine Machinery Service owner Shane Whitney with Torgas’ Most Outstanding First Year Automotive Apprentice Zac Zwynenburg. Matthew Newton

Dedication to a hands-on craft

RIGHT: Torgas' Most Outstanding Second Year Engineering Apprentice Michael Lee of Strathdickie Engineering/Adani Mining at work on Tuesday morning. Matthew Newton

TWO Whitsunday apprentices have proven they're not afraid of getting their hands dirty after being recognised at the recent Torgas annual awards night in Townsville.

Proserpine Machinery Service's Zac Zwynenburg received the Most Outstanding First Year Automotive Apprentice award, while Strathdickie Engineering/Adani Mining's Michael Lee took home the Most Outstanding Second Year Engineering Apprentice award.

The two apprentices were recognised by the Queensland-based company for their hard work and dedication to learning their respective crafts.

Zac has been keeping busy in the Proserpine Machinery Service workshop throughout the first year of his apprenticeship, working on a range of machines from small mowers through to big Massey Ferguson tractors.

"It's awesome. I'm really proud of having a workshop where I can do all that sort of stuff," he said.

"I'm as proud as punch," Proserpine Machinery Service owner Shane Whitney said of Zac's award.

Meanwhile, over in a large engineering shed on Telford Rd, Sugarloaf, Michael Lee is continuing to perfect his steel-working abilities at his father's business, Strathdickie Engineering.

Now in the second year of his apprenticeship, he is happy to have a job that he enjoys. "It's good. I've liked working with steel all my life," he said.

"He's a top apprentice," Michael Lee Snr said of his son's efforts. "I'm not blowing his trumpet because he's my son. He's switched on and I think he picked the right trade.

"If he decides to move on to another job in the future, this is another string in his bow."

Torgas Bowen Whitsunday co-ordinator Greg Archer said both apprentices were a credit to their places of employment.

"They're dedicated (and) passionate. If they maintain that they will do very well in their chosen careers," he said.


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