This month we introduce 25-year-old Zach Hoyle, third year autobody repair apprentice with Sheen Panel Service in Malvern and student at Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence.
Zach was born in Maffra in Victoria’s Gippsland region and grew up in and around that area, even spending time in Melbourne during his formative years. He went to primary school in Traralgon and high school at Sale College.
He had passion for cars in those younger years and developed the capability to repair and maintain the running gear, and even rebuild the engine in early models. “When I was younger, my dad taught me how to service a car and I built on this knowledge with my mates, so when it came time to choose a career path, it was a no-brainer to look to automotive.”
Whilst living in Heyfield in late 2017, Zach heard that Sheen Panel Service was looking for apprentices in Melbourne, so he submitted his resume, went for an interview with Sam Sparta and was subsequently offered a position at the Malvern facility. He undertook an auto body repair apprenticeship at Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence, where he discovered that as part of the Sheen apprenticeship program, he was able to attend Sheen-specific classes at the TAFE. Zach will complete his studies at Kangan Institute in the coming months and early next year will commence the final year of his apprenticeship.
At the Kangan Institute’s 2020 Industry Excellence Awards earlier this year, Zach was awarded the Sheen Group Body Repair Apprentice of the Year. Whilst Zach was taught by several teachers at Kangan, Michael Mavrikakis, Kangan’s Education Manager said: “Zach is such a talented technician who takes pride in everything he does. He has a strong sense of commitment and is always looking to develop his skills. He is a great asset to the Sheen Apprenticeship Program.”
Zach is highly complimentary of Sheen Panel Service. “The work culture is just excellent. The apprentices all receive strong support from the more experienced staff. It really is a great team.”
Zach believes he is still too young to have clearly defined his future path, especially in these uncertain times, but he plans to complete his apprenticeship and consolidate the skills and knowledge he has acquired since joining the industry. Once thing he does know is that whatever his future holds, cars will always be a part of his life.