Brodie Oakes

2015
Finalist
New South Wales

A thirst for understanding how things work runs in Brodie Oakes’ family. After completing Year 12, Brodie sought advice from his father, a mechanical fitter, and the trade teachers at TAFE NSW - South Western Sydney Institute before confirming that a career in the manufacturing industry was for him.

Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade
Host Employer: Qenos Ltd
Training provider: TAFE NSW - South Western Sydney Institute
Group Training Organisation: MEGT (Australia) Ltd

A thirst for understanding how things work runs in Brodie Oakes’ family. After completing Year 12, Brodie sought advice from his father, a mechanical fitter, and the trade teachers at TAFE NSW - South Western Sydney Institute before confirming that a career in the manufacturing industry was for him.

Brodie started his Australian Apprenticeship in 2012 with MEGT (Australia) and host employer, Qenos – an Australian manufacturer and supplier of polyethylene and polymers.

During the fourth year of his Australian Apprenticeship, Brodie outshone his peers by designing, installing and fabricating a specialised resin filter box to solve a problem that would otherwise have cost his employer tens of thousands of dollars to rectify. So ingenious was Brodie’s solution, he won the company’s 2014 Environmental Award.

Now a fully qualified mechanical fitter, Qenos has chosen Brodie to lead a team of contractors providing the maintenance support for a major re-work of a gas refinery and chemical plant.