HVTC 40th Anniversary - Timothy Hilleard
Timothy Hilleard is a former HVTC Engineering Mechanical apprentice who completed his training in 2008 while hosted to Centennial Coal.
Timothy decided to pursue the apprenticeship pathway as it was a way for him to gain real industry experience and learn practical skills while earning a wage at the same time.
“I always wanted to be a Mechanical Engineer but couldn’t afford to study full-time. The apprenticeship provided an alternative and more practical path that suited me,” he said.
“The training facility and processes also provided a great transition into working life from school.”
A highlight of Timothy’s apprenticeship for him was the ability to form relationships and friendships with his fellow apprentices as well as the mentors and teachers that guided him through his training.
Since completing his Cert III Engineering Mechanical apprenticeship with HVTC, Timothy has completed many further qualifications, including a Diploma of Mechanical Engineering, Diploma in Business Management, and Diploma in Project Management. The now 34-year-old has also gained experience working in various aspects of the mining industry as an Assistant Mechanical Engineer, Maintenance Engineer, and Mine Services Superintendent.
Now, Timothy is working with BIS Industries as the Business Group Manager of UGM Mining Services.
“I see an apprenticeship as a way to learn practical skills while earning money. In my case it allowed me to learn practical applications of repairs and maintenance for equipment, infrastructure, and plant before learning how to leverage my position to manage those applications at technical and supervisory levels.
“I would 100% recommend this pathway. I feel tradesmen make the best leaders; I may be biased, though.”