Wetherill Park TAFE student takes on the best

Tune in: Matthew Martland is studying heavy vehicle mechanics at TAFE's Wetherill Park College. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Tune in: Matthew Martland is studying heavy vehicle mechanics at TAFE's Wetherill Park College. Picture: Gene Ramirez

A WETHERILL Park TAFE student will represent the region in the WorldSkills Australia competition in Perth.

Matthew Martland is among 30 TAFE students from western Sydney who will compete for the title of Australia's best tradie.

Mr Martland, 22, was selected to represent western Sydney in the heavy vehicle mechanics category.

"This is a big competition," he said.

"I am competing against 12 of the best apprentice mechanics from around Australia and there are three days of competition.

"Each competition station is three to four hours long, as opposed to the one hour and 20 minutes time limit in the regional competition."

Winners of the national competition will head overseas and compete at the WorldSkills International competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil next year.

Mr Martland said studying at TAFE has made him very mechanically minded and the skills he had learned would benefit him for the rest of his life.

"Though I specialise in heavy vehicles, I have worked on a wide range of vehicles," he said.

"I can pull anything apart, figure out how it works and usually find out why it isn't working.

"I strongly believe the skills I have learnt in this course will help me with everything I continue to do in my career."

Mr Martland said he left school in year 11 and decided to do a trade apprenticeship because he had an interest in mechanics and wanted a trade certificate.

"But now that I have achieved that I want to learn more."

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