Army mechanic rewarded for excellence

Army mechanic rewarded for excellence
They say a good tradesman doesn’t blame his tools and one mechanic will have no excuse after taking home $2500 worth of prizes and being named the 2014 Snap-on Tools Apprentice of the Year.

Heavy vehicle mechanic Cfn Camron Dixon, of 7CSSB, received the award late last year while completing the on-the-job training phase of his Army apprenticeship at Enoggera.

 
After joining Army in October 2011, Cfn Dixon spent 18 months at trade school in Bandiana, Victoria, before relocating to Brisbane to finish his training, which wraps up his three-and-a-half year apprenticeship.

Cfn Dixon was surprised at the announcement and said the award meant a lot.

“I made the decision to join up as a heavy-vehicle mechanic with little knowledge of the trade,” he said. 

“This award highlights the work I have put into learning as much as I can.”

Cfn Dixon said he had always wanted to join the Army.

“But I also wanted the safety of a solid trade under my belt,” he said.

“Since starting I’ve enjoyed my time as an on-the-job trainee experiencing different military units and vehicles.”

The award acknowledges the commitment and passion of the next generation of tradespeople across the automotive, heavy machinery, marine and aviation industries, with an additional focus on the ADF. 

Snap-on Tools recognised Cfn Dixon’s references from both the military and civilian environments, which revealed an apprentice with strong theoretical abilities as well as the speed and quality of work that outperformed qualified technicians.

WO2 Dave Oram, of the Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, was Cfn Dixon’s supervisor and said he nominated him because he continually displayed the attributes that made a good RAEME tradesman.

“During his on-the-job-training he went field as part of a squadron exercise with 2/14 LHR (QMI), which is a rare opportunity for a trainee as those positions are normally reserved for senior tradesman due to the high tempo and demands,” he said. 

“Cfn Dixon was able to thrive in this environment and the reports backwere excellent. He was considered a valuable member of his small team over the six-week period.”

Although the award is a highlight of his military career so far, Cfn Dixon said he was lucky enough to be included on the 7 Bde CATA last year where he spent six weeks in the field.

“I loved it,” he said. “I got to fire a range of different weapons and also got to experience working with the ASLAVs.

“Field out there was a lot different to what I had previously done at trade school."

Last updated
6 September 2016