Heavy Vehicle Recovery Operator Class 4, Leading Hand: STUART KLINTS

Role

Heavy Vehicle Recovery Operator Class 4, Leading Hand

Qualifications

Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanic, Multi Combination Drivers Licence, Dangerous Goods Licence.

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Can you tell us how you ended up in your current role?
I was able to obtain an immediate start, after my apprenticeship as a Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanic, with the company, which towed vehicles into the workshops where I worked. Over time I was trained in various aspects of being a Heavy Vehicle Recovery Operator.

How long have you been in your current role?
17 years.

What does your job involve?
Receiving a phone call from dispatch, travelling to the job, assessing the job at hand, recovering the vehicle and delivering the vehicle to the desired destination. Clean and maintain the equipment. Assist other operators within the company with any issues and report back to management as necessary. Assist management with training other operators in various recovery techniques.

What role has training and up-skilling played in you getting your current job?
A lot of training is “on the job” due to every job being different. No vehicle is the same to recover. No work environment is the same.

What do you love about your job?
Every recovery is different. Every day is different. Every person you pick up at a recovery has a different story to tell. When I’m not out on a recovery, as long as the equipment I operate is clean and maintained, my time is mine.

What attributes do you think best suit this type of work?
You need to be level headed, a self thinker, well presented and have an open mind to everything and one you may encounter along the way.

What advice would you give someone looking to work in the industry?
This is a great job for someone looking for a day-to-day challenge who likes being outdoors and has a mechanical interest with a driving background.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?
To be more hands on in a training/leading hand role.