Name: Desiré Notley

Age: 21

Job: Electrician

City/town: Sunny Hawke’s Bay

What’s your job? I am an electrician training towards my instrumentation measurement and control trade certification. My job involves verification and automation of control systems in the food production industry.

How did you get into this line of work? Right out of high school I wanted to continue learning and striving towards a higher qualification. However, I didn’t want to sit with a massive PhD and not be able to find a job. My careers advisor talked me into meeting an ETCO representative and before I knew it I was signed up and I had a job.    

What does a typical working day look like for you? We start the day with a morning meeting to determine how it will unfold. Starting with the most critical tasks on the monthly schedule we attack the jobs as a team. The last part of the day will involve completing the required certification. We will also attend any critical breakdowns during the day as required.

What qualifications or training did you need? You need electrical registration and licensing that entitles you to carry out electrical work according to the class of registration you hold.

What are the best bits about your job? Constantly getting opportunities to learn and add new skills to my belt. Being stretched out of my comfort zone on a daily basis.  

What are the worst bits? The heat around cookers some days is definitely the worst.

What’s your biggest career goal? To own my own business and invest the time and resources into causes I feel passionate about.

If you weren’t doing this job, what would you most likely be doing? I would love to dabble in neon sign-writing.


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