Leah Green

Gladstone technician ready to pack his bags

Gladstone maintenance technician Nathan Dunnett will be jetting overseas soon after receiving one of four Queensland Overseas Foundation (QOF) Awards.

The electrical and instrumentation control technician will use the CSQ-sponsored scholarship to travel and work overseas for up to two years.

Nathan impressed the QOF selection panel with his keen interest in renewable energy, particularly solar power, and his desire to explore finding employment or work experience within this industry abroad.

Nathan is in the early stages of planning for his overseas experience, and he is looking at multiple opportunities his qualification and experience may bring him in either the USA, the UK, Germany or France.

The scholarship is not the first recognition of Nathan’s outstanding skills. As an apprentice, Nathan competed in multiple World Skills competitions, gaining a silver medal for his performance in the electrical control category. He is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, which recognises high achieving undergraduate and graduate students.

Nathan completed his Certificate III in Electrotechnology – Electrician in 2018, and a Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control with Central Queensland University. He also holds an Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering and is currently employed by Rio Tinto as a maintenance technician.

The QOF Awards are unique in Queensland and enable exceptional vocational education and training personnel to travel overseas and test their abilities against the best in the world. CSQ sponsors one of four award categories.

You can register your interest in applying for the 2020 awards by sending an enquiry email to info@qof.org.au or applying online via www.qof.org.au.