George Watson

Automotive Engineering Graduate

Programme attended: Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

George Watson has always had a thing for big trucks.  He’s not a small guy, so perhaps it’s something to do with his own size, but whatever the reason, when he’s working on trucks, George is clearly in his element.

George says that when he was looking at his options at the end of Year 12, Tai Poutini’s automotive trades pathway appealed for its ability to provide a grounding across the automotive field.

“The course gives you basic understanding of all aspects of mechanical work, and for me those transferable skills have been fantastic, because as well as working on the big trucks in my day job, I am also learning more mechanical skills that I can use to do a lot of my own work on my stockcar in my spare time.”

George says that Tai Poutini’s connections with industry help many of the students into employment directly from the course. 

“My tutors suggested I apply for a position, and that ended up with me becoming an auto electrical apprentice. I’ve since transferred to Prestige Commercial Vehicles where I’m doing my heavy road transport diesel mechanic’s apprenticeship, which really suits me,” he says.

Those transferable skills and a love of travelling play a part in George’s future plans, too.

“You never know what’s around the corner.  I was going to do auto electrical and now I’m into heavy vehicles, and these are pretty nice trucks to work on so I’m enjoying getting the experience here right now. 

“One day, I’d like to go into maritime engineering, perhaps in the navy, working on ship engines and seeing a bit of the world.  Everything I learned in my automotive course at Tai Poutini has set me up and opened my eyes to all these possibilities,” he says.