People's Stories | Tim Draisey


Aviation - Aeronautical Engineering

Training Pathway

Working towards Modern Apprenticeship in Aviation - Aeronautical Engineering

The training is on the job training, so the people who are already working are training us, and ServiceIQ is making sure we’re up to correct standards.

For Tim Draisey it’s not just the benefits of working for Air New Zealand – including the travel privileges and being one of the best paid apprentices in the country – that excite him about his future.

He has plans to become a licensed aircraft engineer after he completes his Aviation Modern Apprenticeship with *ServiceIQ, which could see him take his skills anywhere in the world.

“I’m always hoping to go flying somewhere,” he says. “Like at the moment I’m trying to figure out where I want to go for my next holiday.”

Tim has always had an interest in aircraft. When a family friend told him about Air New Zealand’s 36-week pre-apprenticeship training programme for aircraft engineers he applied straight out of school. Although he wasn’t accepted as an apprentice that year, he applied again a year later and was offered a place.

Since then, Tim has worked in a variety of areas in the engineering workshops with a focus on aircraft structure and mechanics. After two and a half years of working and training, he expects to complete in early 2011.

Tim loves the hands on aspect of his apprenticeship, which matches his learning style.

“It’s all good hands on work so as you’re going through doing any of the jobs, you get your paperwork evidence and write it up. You have the people in the workshop as well as all the tradesmen for support. Most of the guys are pretty good. If you’ve got a question they’ll stop and give you a hand.”

Although not a fan of writing up his assessments and doing the written work, he admits to seeing the value in the “paperwork” aspect of his apprenticeship.

“The training is on the job training, so the people who are already working are training us, and the *ServiceIQ side of things is making sure we’re up to correct standards.

“You get a lot more insight as to what you’ve gone through: making sure you’re following all the correct procedures, wearing all the correct safety equipment and using all authorised materials.”

He says the written work also helps recap on what he’s learnt on the job, reinforcing the skills and procedures.

With Air New Zealand’s focus on innovation and new aircraft being introduced to the fleet over the next few years, including the 777-300s early next year, Tim doesn’t expect to get bored of his job anytime soon.

“Every day you come to work you learn something new.

“When the 777’s come we’re going to be learning a whole new set of skills. And then when the 787 Dream liners arrive [in late 2013], it is going to be another really big skill set that we’re going to have to learn.”

*1 January 2013 the Aviation, Tourism and Travel Training Organisation (ATTTO), the Hospitality Standards Institute (HSI) and Retail Institute (RI) merged, transforming into ServiceIQ - the service-based Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the aviation, tourism, travel, retail, wholesale and hospitality industries.