Myles McIntee-Apprentice Linesman
Myles is employed as a 2nd year Apprentice Linesman with SA Power Networks at Elizabeth and is currently supported by the Department of State Development through the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program.
Myles is a self-motivated young Aboriginal man with a varied learning pathway that in 2014 finally saw him undertake Certificate 3 in Powerline Distribution as part of his four year apprenticeship. Myles’ learning pathway began five years previously when at fifteen years of age, in Year 10 at Birdwood High and living in Lobethal, he began a school-based plumbing apprenticeship in Ceduna. This meant spending school holidays travelling almost 800 kilometres to Ceduna to undertake the practical component, demonstrating his early dedication to learning.
Myles realised that he needed additional skills to ‘get ahead of the pack’ and find his place in the workforce where he knew qualifications were valued by employers. He completed SACE Stage II in 2013, and deciding after his school based apprenticeship experience that plumbing was not the career for him, he enrolled in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Unfortunately and not unlike a number of first year undergraduates, Myles struggled with what he found to be an overwhelming study load and lack of support within the university. Choosing to leave and find employment and a new career path, Myles began work at AMF Bowling and used the money he made from this casual shift work to fund further study that he hoped would increase his chance of an apprenticeship in the field he had decided was the one for him. In 2013, Myles completed Certificate 2 in Electrotechnology – Sustainable Energy with TAFSA Elizabeth.
Myles has modelled the value he places on learning and training. He believes that a long term career needs planning and the sooner a young person can gain the skills and experience required, the more chance of gaining employment, developing a career and having a bright and successful future.
Educational and employment outcomes that resulted from learning experiences
Wanting to remain the South Australian workforce, after his focus changed to working in the Electricity industry Myles’ preferred employer was SA Power Networks. To assist with his goal of working for this company, Myles enrolled in Certificate 2 in Electrotechnology. This completed study showed SA Power Networks that he was serious about working in this field when he successfully applied for work experience with them. He quickly discovered during this time ‘on the job’ that he wanted to have a career as a linesman in the area of supply restoration. Myles secured an initial employment interview around dexterity and aptitude and then a second interview despite there being no intake for eight months. He was successful with both and offered employment in the next intake so he returned to casual work until he was due to begin his apprenticeship and four more years of learning.
Since then, Myles has achieved numerous card/licences to assist in the workplace. Currently he has:
- High Risk Licence
- CPR/First Aid
- Dogging/Rigging and
- Cherry Picker
- Work zone / CPR First Aid
- Work zone – Sub-Station Access.
Personal Skills and Abilities
Myles learning has been broad and varied since he began his first school-based apprenticeship and all roles and learning had a customer service component. These transferable skills he believes are invaluable across all workplaces. He can confidently identify customer needs, deal with customer issues and appreciates the importance of understanding customer requirements.
Putting safety first in the workplace is also essential and particularly in Myles’ role with SA Power Networks. He learnt quickly and works daily by the mantra ‘No job is so important that it cannot be done safely.’ Myles would one day like get his Glove/Barrier ticket which would allow him to work on lines with 66,000 volts of live electricity, work required to keep continuity of services for a hospital.
He now has the skills to perform a risk assessment and identify hazards and manage the associated risks. These skills along with his CPR and First Aid training gives him confidence to respond to emergencies both at work and at home.
Participating in the Driver Awareness Program during his apprenticeship has provided Myles with insight into the risks associated with complacency when driving. Common sense should dictate behaviour behind the wheel but Myles is aware what a lapse in focus can cause. Duane Lyell-Kaaho – statement about Myles McIntee