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16 August 2016

Career Corner - Baz, Apprentice Electrician


We recently chatted with Sebastian (Baz) Wallace a third year apprentice with Laser Electrical, Bunbury. We spotted Baz after he took part in an apprenticeship information evening where we were impressed with his motivation and enthusiasm for the industry and wanted to find out more about his career and aspirations!

Tell us about your role as an Apprentice Electrician with Laser Electrical Bunbury:

As an apprentice electrician no day is the same, however my standard daily duties for the company remain constant. In the mornings this includes opening up the workshop ready for the day, tidying the offices and workshop and double checking all the equipment required is in the van of the tradesperson I am with that day.

At the end of the day it is my responsibility to clean out the van and make a list of any stock materials used during the day. I then check what my tradesperson is doing the next day and make sure they have all the correct gear. Under supervision I am capable of the majority of jobs out in the field, when working with a small company, you learn fast!

I attend South Regional TAFE one day a week where I do my off site training. This is for 3 years; with the 4 and final year being all on the job.

How did you get into your electrical apprenticeship?

During year 11 I still had no clue what I wanted to do when I left school. It was that time of year when everybody was beginning to do work experience in their selected fields and I was forced to make a choice. I considered what family members and friends worked as and after much thought I decided to give electrical a go. At first I wasn't overly interested and didn't understand the industry.

My first lot of work experience was with a great contractor; however my lack of knowledge and maturity didn't let me appreciate that. Later during the year we had to do our second block of work experience with a different company. At this stage I had researched the industry further and made the decision to give electrical another go which is when I started with Laser Electrical Bunbury, working one day per week. This time I really enjoyed work experience and eventually made the decision that this is what I wanted to do as a career. I worked as hard as I could and showed my eagerness, did everything I was asked and more. I was determined to get an apprenticeship. At first Calwyn and Michelle (Directors) couldn't put me of because they didn't have enough work but I kept on coming in and eventually received a phone call to come and join the tea,.

What type of work does Laser Electrical Bunbury carry out and what do you enjoy about working for them?

The work is varied but mainly focuses on domestic and commercial jobs including maintenance and new installations. The number one thing I enjoy about working with Laser is that everyday is different and each job requires a new perspective. Plenty of thought and problem solving is involved in most jobs and I love working out how we're going to get a job done.

Where would you like to be in your career in 5 years?

Hopefully I'll be a qualified electrician by the age of 20. From there I'd like to continue working with Laser before trying new avenues and companies. I really want to keep learning and will do additional courses and qualifications to expand my knowledge and help me get jobs in the future. We will see what the future holds!

What do you like about being involved in the WA construction industry?

Being outdoors or on the move each day is a big bonus about working in the construction industry; it makes the days more enjoyable and would be my preference to working in an office for the majority of the day.

Finally, what are you interests out of work?

Outside of work I go to boxing most nights and also enjoy socialising with friends. Work and boxing take up the majority of my time and keep me busy!

In 2012, 13 and 14 I was state champion in boxing for my age and weight division. In 2012 I was the Australian Golden Gloves champion for my age and weight division. In 2013 I was the Australian National Champion for my age and weight division and was selected to represent Australia at the 2013 world championships and go to travel to the Ukraine to compete.

I believe competing in a sport at this level required an extreme amount of dedication and work ethic. Throughout the years I have learnt that you only get out of a situation what you put in. I transferred my ability to work hard and aim high to my work life and this helped me get my apprenticeship. If you want something badly enough, you'll get it! 

03 August 2016

Did You Know - New Perth Stadium

Did you know the New Perth Stadium is now 50% complete?

During its construction, 21 Olympic sized swimming pools of concrete will be used and over 5,700 workers will be directly employed! The Stadium will be 5 levels and will reach a height of 42 metres.

Photo courtesy of @NewPerthStadium