Industry Profiles: Building, Construction & Property Services
CareerOne Profile - James McKay: Theatre set construction
Sydney Theatre Company head of set construction James McKay was typical of many youngsters in that he had no idea what he wanted to do when he was at school.
Jocelyn Howard: Painter and Interior Designer
Jocelyn Howard is a woman not afraid to tackle an industry dominated by males. While homes and domesticity has traditionally been the habitat of women, it has been males who dominate the industry of painting and interior design, challenging female clients to attempt to see eye-to-eye over issues such as interior design, which may not entirely cross the gender cultural barrier.
Jeanine Cooke: Construction Operations Manager
At 16 Jeanine Cooke was told females weren't to be builders, so her apprenticeship wasn't to be. Today she operates The Hedley Group in Cairns with partner Tom Hedley and it's one of the largest construction companies in Australia.
Peter Griffin - Green Plumber
Peter Griffin is the managing director of Chadoak Plumbing, which began as a small business with two brothers in their mum's backyard. And now, the property they are on is worth over two million.
Sean Campbell -Twin Rope Operator aka Industrial Abseiler
Sean received a call at 2am to let him know that a large sheet of metal was hanging off a skyscraper, connected only by a few corroded welds. It was his job to go where no other tradie could physically go, for Sean is an Industrial Abseiller.
Gary Dunshea - Travelling Woodmachining Teacher
Gary Dunshea believes that if you're really, truly passionate about an industry, don't be afraid to step forward and give others a hand up. As a travelling Trade Teacher, Gary goes the distance.
Rolf Barfoed - Cabinetmaker
In Year 12, Rolf Barfoed's class went on an excursion to his regional WorldSkills competition - and from then, he was hooked on cabinetmaking.
Vicky Torrisi - Demolition Worker
"My job is demolition work, which sort of comes under construction." says Vicky Torrisi, Crew Leader, Licensed Asbestos and Demolition at Dawson's Engineering. "We remove and replace materials." And dealing with asbestos ??? it???s done by hand.
Veronica French - Safety Officer
"I have seen safety officers struggle to connect to workers on the job if they don't have the industry experience. Industrial and mining work has helped me integrate as a safety officer." Says Veronica French, Safety officer at Dawson's Engineering.
MasterChef Spices up Kitchen Culture, says Designer
THE MasterChef juggernaut has seen people casting a critical eye over their kitchens like never before, according to kitchen designer Jayme-lee Cooney.
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Jill Simmons, Founder of Women Building Australia (WBA)
Every day, women from all over the country are achieving success. We are changing policy, pushing boundaries and leading innovation and the trades are no exception.