Having recently completed his apprenticeship, Jai is following in his father’s boiler-making footsteps and is focused on building a future for himself at ASC.
In Jai’s own words:
“I love making stuff. I’ve always been a hands-on person. I like fabricating brackets. I just love putting material together. And when it comes out as a finished product, you feel like you’ve accomplished something. I like that feeling.”
“It’s not your normal welding job. You’re working on submarines for the Royal Australian Navy. Everything’s got to be done right and to a really high standard. It’s complex work. Some jobs are challenging but I see them as challenges that can be beaten.”
After finishing high school at 18, Jai worked as a concrete labourer for several months before securing a fabrication apprenticeship with ASC in 2019.
For Jai, it’s the people that make ASC a good place to work.
“I love my crew. We get on well. You feel comfortable to come to work and I don’t feel like I’m being judged on anything. If we know that a person that we’re working with has been doing it hard, we’ll switch around you know. Take turns to ease the stress.”
“I think the main qualities you need to work here at ASC are discipline and commitment. Working side by side with the Navy, I see it as a job that’s very important because these submarines protect our coastline of Australia. I definitely want to stay here.”