Melinda Lethbridge

Melinda Lethbridge
2014
Winner
Victoria

Melinda Lethbridge always had a fascination with how things work and had a natural skill and passion for hands-on work, but felt obliged to pursue a tertiary pathway. After spending a week doing work experience at Hargo Engineering, she decided that an Australian Apprenticeship in fitting and machining was a good balance between theoretical and practical learning. She enrolled in a Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade at Swinburne University of Technology and commenced her apprenticeship at Hargo Engineering the day after completing her school exams.

Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

Employer: Hargo Engineering Pty Ltd

Training Provider: Swinburne University of Technology

Melinda Lethbridge always had a fascination with how things work and had a natural skill and passion for hands-on work, but felt obliged to pursue a tertiary pathway. After spending a week doing work experience at Hargo Engineering, she decided that an Australian Apprenticeship in fitting and machining was a good balance between theoretical and practical learning. She enrolled in a Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade at Swinburne University of Technology and commenced her apprenticeship at Hargo Engineering the day after completing her school exams.

As a qualified fitter and turner, Melinda won the Gold medal for Fitting and Machining at WorldSkills Australia’s Melbourne Region competition in 2013 and also competed at the 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition. She received Swinburne’s Best in First Year and Best in Third Year awards over the course of her studies.

Passionate in promoting maths education and manufacturing career development, Melinda tutors primary and secondary students, as well as refugees from Burma.