STAFF PROFILE | DAN MINTON
Staff Profile | Dan Minton
What is your role with TLISC?
Senior Training Packaging Specialist – Aviation
When did you join the transport and logistics industry and what have you done?
I first started within the military aviation area of the Australian transport industry in 1997. I’ve been employed as a helicopter crewman, helicopter flight instructor, training manager, training developer and operations manager across a wide variety of civil and military aviation roles before starting within TLISC in 2014.
How did you become part of the VET industry?
During 2007 I became involved with developing the new AVI08 Aviation Training Package. Over the following years whilst still serving within the Australian Army, I undertook a range of professional development opportunities to increase my knowledge and understanding of the national training system.
Tell us about your work-life before TLISC.
Prior to my employment with TLISC, I held a variety of positions within the Australian Army from 1989 to 2013. These roles included positions across all areas of an aviation training system, from the analysis and design of aircrew and maintenance training, through the conduct and implementation of flight and ground crew training, to the evaluation and review of training courses and workforce competency. I’ve also worked within operational aviation units, as a small team leader through to coordinating the operational requirements of a helicopter squadron. During these 20+ years of service, I’ve travelled extensively across Australia and overseas, and served in a range of operational areas in Africa, SE Asia and Australia.
What training and education have you undertaken?
I’ve undertaken a range of vocational training courses in areas ranging from aviation and ground training and assessment, to business, management, project management and work health and safety qualifications. My military training and education has also included leadership and management courses, operational planning, safety and risk management planning and advanced instruction and assessment courses.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Find one thing your good at, and become the best at it.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing satisfaction in people as they master a new skill or understand new knowledge for the first time.
How do you spend your time away from work?
Most of my time away from work is spent relaxing, or working around the house and property. In what little free time I have left, I continue to maintain my links with the Australian Army through service with the Army Reserve, and with the Australian Army Cadets as an Officer of Cadets.
Cake or ice cream OR mountains or ocean?
It’s got to be the mountains.