During the recent visit by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack (also the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport), to Coffs Harbour, he was able to see first-hand the operations and team at Eaglecopters, who are a fantastic regional business, providing an important service for the rotary wing sector and employing many locals. We are proud to showcase one of our recently completed apprentices, Tom Bullen, who met him on this visit.
Tom didn’t plan to find a career in the aviation industry, but was always interested in maintaining machinery, and in 2014 he found himself taking on an Aeroskills Apprenticeship with Eaglecopters Australasia.
To complete his qualification and apprenticeship in Certificate IV Aeroskills (Mechanical), Tom travelled from Coffs Harbour to Tamworth for 3½ years to train with AviSkills/TAFE NSW. During this period, he either boarded with local families in Tamworth or rented accommodation with classmates – something that did not worry him and he coped well with.
In Tom’s words “I enjoyed the trade training environment at AviSkills, working in a well-equipped Hangar, while also enabling me to have an opinion and compete with my counterparts.”
Russ Hodgkins (AviSkills Head Teacher) described Tom “As level-headed with a promising career in the industry. He performed extremely well in his course and it is great to see him want to progress onto the licensing pathway”.
Eaglecopters CEO Grant Boyter also stated that “Tom has exceeded expectations and impressed his peers, where he regularly carries out quite complex aircraft maintenance events and repairs with minimal supervision.”
The Deputy Prime Minister spoke to Tom in this photo by asking him “So what are you doing on this engine Tom?”
Tom simply replied with a straight face “Fixing it!”
Pretty well sums up the can do and focused attitude in his approach to his work don’t you think!
Note: Eaglecopters employ approximately 20 permanent staff and are strategically located to service a global clientele. They specialise in a range of services including Aircraft Maintenance, Inspections & Refurbishment, Structures Repair & Modification; Avionics – Repairs & Upgrades; Logistics – Part Sales, Shipping & Sourcing; Component Repair & Overhaul.