New career a real sea change

A Woy Woy local has swapped hospitality hubs for the harbour after securing qualifications from TAFE NSW and is now encouraging others to do the same.

Simon Dorrell completed the Certificate IV in Marine Operations (Master up to 35 meters) with the training provider and has now secured a job as an engineer at Transdev Sydney Ferries at the famous harbour.

Dorrell worked in the hospitality industry for 10 years and now helps service marine internal combustion engines and operate deck machinery.

He said with many people switching careers due to COVID-19, a career in the maritime industry is a great choice for those who love the outdoors.

“Living on the Central Coast and enjoying being around water, I couldn’t picture myself in an office job,” Dorrell said.

“The TAFE NSW marine equipment is the same as you would expect on any large ship.

“I have enjoyed the opportunity to learn about and use the incredible electronic equipment and marine stimulator.”

Newly released data from the National Skills Commission says monthly recruitment activity for engineers and machinery operators increasing in December 2020 by 10.7 per cent and 3 per cent respectively.

Media release, Jan 25