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  1. Hi all, OK first post... hopefully someone can help me out and maybe put my mind at rest (or not). Im a mechanic, 26, with qualifications and experience (carried out apprenticeship with VW), i gained my qualifications 7 years ago. Im applying for permanent residency soon and my main concern is with the vetassess interview via video call, i would really like to hear from people that have experienced this part of the process. I know myself i'm capable of doing my job but with it being years ago that i was last trained, and often rarely encountering some of the aspects of what i was originally trained in day-to-day, i'm worried what they will ask me and whether i will have the correct answers for them to pass! I am worried mainly about questions on testing electronics, auto gearboxes... areas that i haven't had much to do with, things that i know i could repair but still i'm worried about answering questions on them. i have read a couple of threads on a similar topic but the only answers i came across was people saying 'don't worry, its not actually that bad'........... i'm still worrying! lol I guess i would love to hear from someone who has done the interview as part of there process and to explain what it was like in a bit more detail... Is it hard?! What sort of questions would they ask? How in-depth do they expect you to go? How would they ask them? Is it more of a conversation than a test? How long dose it take? How would you recommend i prepare? Im not trying to worry too much but it just feels to me like this would be the deal breaker of the whole application! If anyone feels like they could help me out, it would be much appreciated! Thanks, James.
  2. Hello All. I'm looking for some advice, I'm currently on a covid visa, I've been in the country for 3 years now (prior visa 417 Working Holiday). I got in touch with a migration agent about self sponsoring on the 189 visa, they said it wouldn't be possible as I've not been working as a mechanic for the last 3 years... I'm a time served mechanic who served just over 6 years in the Automotive Industry, I was working on Light vehicles, plant, machinery and carrying out mechanical install jobs on Solar Farms on and off for the last 3 years in Australia. I have been offered sponsorship in a garage but I'd like the opportunity to go onto the 189 visa so I can travel and work. Is this possible to do or can anyone point me in the right direction of a migration agent to assist? Thanks in advance Jamie
  3. Hayleyb_28

    Migration agent

    My partner and I are wanting to migrate from England to Oz. Doing my research I think the best visa option for us 190 state sponsor as my partner is a mechanic and could get 70 points. HOWEVER I have been in contact with different migrant agents, 1 wants us to apply for two visas at the same time which I have since been told should not be done, 1 said there is no point starting because of the pandemic, the other said to start the ball rolling after 6th October when the updated state skills list will be known, 1 is a lot more expensive than the others in terms of fees and the other is eager to help but I have read bad reviews. Feeling a little overwhelmed and would appreciate any help in finding a migrant agent. thank you
  4. Any advice would be massively appreciated! We are in the process of packing up our house in the UK and getting it shipped to Perth. My husband is a diesel mechanic and has been for 15 years- he has a huge collection of tools and his tool box. He’s spent weeks cleaning them all but we are now not sure what to do with insuring them for the shipment. Should each tool be listed individually and should we cost each one or should just a general total for the whole tool box? He stated listing each tool on a spreadsheet today- 8 hours in and he’s only on box 4 out of 11 so if there is an easier way we would love to hear it!!
  5. Hello We hope to move to Australia soon on a 457 visa (with the hope/intention of becoming permanent residenets) My hubby's dilemma is whether or not to ship the tools of his trade ( i.e. he's a vehicle mechanic, so toolbox is what I mean) He has a job lined up and they want him to start asap. He has to provide his own tools. A friend has offered to lend him some in the meantime until our shipment arrives from UK. Question. Is it worth shipping his toolbox or would it be more cost effective to replace his tools in Perth when we get there? Any mechanics on this forum who could advise? Many Thanks
  6. April Smith

    Australia Technician Opportunities!

    Hi everyone, we currently have several opportunities available at Adaptalift group for experienced Heavy Diesel Mechanics and Automotive Mechanics looking to relocate to Australia! See below for details: About Us Adaptalift Hyster is the largest Australian owned and operated forklift company in the nation, providing a complete range of services and equipment to an impressive amount of industries. With a national fleet size of over 10,500 units, 23 branches and service centres nationwide and 150 different models plus thousands of configurations, it's time to take hold of the opportunity to grow with this rapidly expanding company. About the role Due to company growth we are seeking highly motivated Field Service Technicians looking for a long term career within a fast paced, energetic and customer driven team. We are seeking self-starters who are eager to learn and contribute to the team. You will be responsible for delivering a high level of service specialising in covering assembly of new machines, breakdowns, fault finding and servicing. To be considered for this role you will have: Mechanical Trade Certificate (Forklift Mechanic / Diesel Mechanic / Heavy Vehicle Mechanic / Automotive Mechanic). Servicing and Diagnostics experience gained in materials handling or similar industry; automotive, heavy vehicle, mining, heavy construction, agriculture etc. Current drivers licence and forklift licence Flexibility to participate in the rotating on call roster Elevated platform licence preferred but not essential. Solid understanding of diesel and hydraulics. Strong commitment towards safe work practices Articulate - good written and verbal communications skills Sense of urgency and can work under pressure Ability to develop, maintain and grow business relationships This role will see you responsible for: Completing allocated service jobs Conducting breakdowns & repairs Perform scheduled servicing on equipment Ordering parts where required Finalise all relevant job card paperwork Inspect, diagnose and repair equipment As required, attend out of hours customer breakdowns and repairs Communicate with all customers on arrival and completion of service and repair Maintain accurate and detailed job information for all jobs on your job card Ensure adherence to all Fork Safe procedures and provide a safe environment for all employees and customers. About You: With your trade qualification or mechanical experience under your belt you enjoy being on the road in a hands on customer facing role. Technologically savvy, you are not afraid of using the latest tablet technology in your day to day duties. The rewards If you're a looking for the opportunity to advance your career in Australia then this is may be the job for you. We offer above award rates, a fully maintained vehicle and have sponsorship capabilities! In addition to this you will be part of a supportive friendly team, given ongoing technical training and long term career progression opportunities. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a market leader and kick start your career in Australia! Due to company growth we currently have positions available in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. If this sounds like an appealing opportunity and you have firm plans in place to move to Australia then please email your CV to: employment@aalhyster.com.au To find out more about the company please visit: http://aalgroup.com.au/
  7. Hey Guys, Can anyone help? My Boyfriend has worked two years under his 457 visa and now wants to apply for Permanent Residency. His employer wants to sponsor him under the 186 Visa - Temporary Transition Scheme. Have any other mechanics on here made the same application? Most importantly do you have to get skills assessed if you are doing Temporary Transition Scheme. Just what paperwork does he actually need? Thank so much and sorry if this has been asked before I can't find it. Laura
  8. Hey guys I wouldnt normally do this but OH and I were trying to fill in the TRA and ended up arguing. So (and I would never normally do this ) but can anyone give me tips! He is going over as a motor mechanic and its how to script out the training reference etc (have got the examples)................. Anyhoo it may just be me but cos i'm used to doing paper stuff i feel like doing it myself and just let him look at my drafts!! cos i'm sure i'd get it done quicker! Am I just being a pain?? on the other hand dont answer that!! it could be cos i'm v tired............... :SLEEP::arghh:
  9. Hi everyone, this is my first post, hoping someone out there might be able to offer support and advice. After our second trip to Australia over Christmas my husband and I are now ready to make the move using his skilled trade as a motor technician/mechanic. We have signed on with an agency and have been advised that the quickest way would be down the route of a 457 sponsorship visa. Has anyone else had a similar experience? If so how long did everything take? From signing onto an agency to flying out? We have said we are open to most areas but are slightly restricted as my husband would like to stay with the same brand of car (Audi) he has worked on for the past ten years because he feels more comfortable but is open to sister brands like VW. Unfortunately time isn't on our side as my husband is now in his mid 40's but we don't regret waiting as we both wanted to make sure the move was right for both of us and have been able to and enjoyed trying and testing a number of areas. We are a little worried though about the visa process and not being educated on the process we are unsure what to expect. Is there a chance we may not get in? or does that not normally happen if you secure a contact with a company out there? If anyone can offer advice from a similar experience it would be appreciated, you don't want to get your hopes up too much but after deciding to go for it, at this point if anything went wrong we would be devastated.
  10. Hi Everyone, I just found out I passed the written assessment for Vetassess and have booked my practical for May 2010 (Motor Mechanic). Has anyone sat it recently? If so what did the test really involve? (I know what they say on the Vetassess website but was looking for a 1st hand account of what they tested, how formal it was, what the pressure is like etc). I'm not sure where to focus my efforts on in preparing for it so was hoping someone has some info they could share! All hints / advice / tips gratefully received :biggrin: Thanks Steve
  11. Guest

    Vetassess for Motor Mechanic

    Hi, My partner is applying for his vetassess. He has been a self employed mechanic for 7 year now but been in the trade for 13 year. we are in Barnsley UK. Would like to know more about the process. Any advise or information highly welcomed. Regards
  12. Guest

    Vetassess motor mechanic

  14. Hello Everyone, I am seeking a number of qualified auto techs for a large car retail client. They have many dealerships across the major cities of Australia and New Zealand. We are particularly interested in anyone who has worked in a dealership / franchise with Audi, BMW, Ferrari and Peugeot. What's on offer? A sponsored visa, initial accommodation and flight assistance. There are very good hourly $$ rates, on the job training and team achievement bonuses paid monthly. These roles are genuine and open now. We have placed a good number of people with this client and some are happy to provide reference. Please PM me if you would like to hear more. Many thanks all. Adam
  15. Hi everyone, I came across this site last week & so far have found a huge amount of information through it. We are in the beginning stages of our process - having decided this month to stop talking about it, & just get on with making the move. I'm Amy (28), my partner Tom (30), who's a mechanic with 10 years experience & our 2 boys Oliver who's 4 & Harry, who's 2. I've been researching allsorts, from different suburbs & rents, cost of living & I've done this weeks online shop with Coles to get an idea of the cost of groceries etc, i've done car insurance quotes based on our current vehicle which we are considering importing, fuel costs, looked at Broadband/Phone subscriptions & mobile phone contracts, gas/electric costs & so on. So all in all for the general everyday things I think I've looked into everything (unless there's anything someone thinks I have overlooked). We'd be hoping to either get a skilled independent, but have been reading up on sponsored visas. There's also the new SkillSelect to consider - what if we get through all the skills assessments etc, i presume there's then a chance that we could sit in the system for years with no invitation to lodge our visa? Ideally we're looking at the Brisbane/Gold Coast area, but nothing is set in stone at the moment. So, does anyone have an idea of what Tom can look to earn as an experienced mechanic? Would $60,000 be a reasonable amount to expect? & what is the demand in the Bris/GC area? I would be staying at home looking after the children initially, but would then look at getting a job once the boys are both at school - obviously this depends on how long the process takes, if they're both in school when we made the move I'd be looking at getting a job straight away. My mind is completely blown at the moment with all the information, but I am so excited to get the process moving forward. Sorry for the long post - just trying to get a few things straight in our heads so we know whether it's actually a viable option. Thanks, Amy & Tom
  16. Hi all.... We lodged our 190 visa on 23/4/14.... ive been eagerly following the feb 190 posts but as they're a few months ahead of us I thought it might be helpful to start a new thread.... has anyone had any updates on their April lodged 190 visa?? Or even received the dreaded 'delay email'?? We have literally heard nothing at all. We front loaded our medicals and police checks so hoping that speeds up the process... hubby's trade is a lift mechanic... we are desperately hoping to be gone during the summer holidays, I think this can be done!!! Looking forward or hearing others thoughts and experiences. mel and adam ?
  17. Hi everyone, I'm a Recruitment Specialist for an International Recruitment and migration company. I currently have a number of clients who are looking to employ and sponsor a range of experienced (3+ years post trade) qualified Mechanics - Diesel, 4WD, Agricultural, General/Motor and Bus to live in work in locations in QLD, NSW and WA. If this sounds like you and you'd like to know more let me know. John www.amvljobs.com
  18. WANTED !! Motor Mechanic's - Master tech's etc for Queensland - Australia. Competitive remuneration Packages with Sponsored Visa's Highly Reputable Companies Excellent Work Environment & Conditions Due to rapid growth within our clients business group, we are looking for a number of experienced and trade qualified motor mechanic’s to join a growing service centre’s based in and around Rural Qld – (Darling Downs and the Surat). Reporting to the Service Centre Manager you will work as part of a friendly and focused team to make sure all servicing and repairs are completed in a timely and accurate manner. You will use you skills to diagnose and repair a variety of vehicles as well as perform log book servicing, fitting of aftermarket parts and accessories so if you have skills in vehicle electronics / electrical then that will be highly regarded. Given the locations, a variety of vehicles are presented for repair including heavy vehicles (diesel) and a variety of four*four. To be considered for this fantastic opportunity you will need be or posses: Trade qualified motor mechanic (FAS or City and Guilds) or capable of achieving Australian qualification's ( we can show you how to do that ! ). Have a minimum of 5 years work experience, post apprenticeship. Hold a current drivers licence. Excellent communication skills and people skills as you will be dealing with customers from all walks of life. An aptitude and desire to live and work in a rural community and environment. Enjoy the benefits of working for some large and growing companies that can offer you a generous salary, staff discounts, laundered uniforms a safe work environment, training and development, career advancement and modern equipment in all service centres. We have already placed a number of English and Irish workers into these area's and they are thriving !! Note all applications will be treated as highly confidential. Apply Today
  19. I am seeking 8 apprentice time-served mechanics with European Brand experience for a client with operations across A/NZ regions - BMW, Audi, VW, Ferrari and Peugeot. State of the art workshops, 40 hour week plus O/T, Productivity Bonuses and great hourly rates. Excellent English language skills required (a must please). Once established as a reliable and effective mechanic, other international career opportunities can be made available. Please PM me if you'd like to hear more. Many thanks, Adam
  20. hi, im a 23 yo mechanic moving to brisbane in late april 2014 with my partner. i have 5 years experience in the trade and she is a pharmaceutical dispenser. we have flights booked and working holiday visas in place. we will be living with family on gold coast till we settle with jobs and get our own place. i am aware that i / we can only work for a single employer for 6 months.... she says we can pick fruit? for 6 months then get our visa extended to 2 years therefore giving us a longer stay in oz, does anybody know about this and is THIS the best way to stay in oz possibly for good... any help is much appreciated. thanks
  21. Need to put my car through a service and wondered if anyone had had a good experience in the past and could recommend anywhere. Thanks for your help and advice in advance! Ta! Ian
  22. Are you looking for a better way of life with the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed outdoor living that is what Australia is all about? Would you like to couple this with a rewarding career using all the skills that made you the tradesperson you are today? Do you want to be a valued member of the team and not just another employee? Excellent opportunities await in South Australia. Why not start a new life for you and your family in beautiful South Australia – enjoy great open spaces, community living, stunning weather and a great work life balance. With 457 Visa sponsorship on offer our client - a state wide, highly successful chain of John Deere dealerships with an ever expanding workforce are looking for skilled and experienced diesel mechanics to join their team. If you have previous experience working with agricultural equipment or a strong varied mechanical background and are looking to further your career - They can offer competitive wages, great working environments, training and career development. If you would like further information please email your contact details to the address below and we will be happy to give you a call or if you would like to apply for one of these life changing roles please send your CV to: mattreilly@southerncrosspersonnel.com
  23. Renault Mechanic (Sponsorship Available) Friendly Queensland business selling New and used passenger vehicles is offering the opportunity to work on Renault brand passenger vehicles in their popular Queensland branch. Long term employment and career support is available for the right person along with good working environment. This opportunity is open to local interstate and overseas applicants interested in moving to a good business or starting a fresh. Do you meet the requirements of Qualified as a Passenger Vehicle Mechanic. Completed a formal apprenticeship Currently employed with or recently at a Renault passenger vehicle dealership. Good diagnostic abilities using Renault branded diagnostic tool Ideally 2 years post apprenticeship experience with Renault Good attitude Great team work abilities Healthy Enjoy Queenslands warm climate For overseas applicants this employer can sponsor. UK applicants encouraged to apply as the immigration processing times are on average faster than other passport holders. Please send your resume to mattreilly@southerncrosspersonnel.com
  24. We have two clients who are looking for trade qualified and experienced Truck Mechanics who are already in Australia (on a Working Holiday Visa or 457 Visa). These job opportunities are based in Sydney (NSW) and Goodiwindi (QLD) with both packages offering excellent salaries (approximately $75,000) and employer sponsorship. Successful applicants will need to have American and European truck experience, and knowledge of Cummins and Deutz engines would be advantageous. Please include an up-to-date copy of your CV/resume to apply - either PM me or email jobs@australianmigrations.com. John Young Recruitment Specialist AMVL International Recruitment
  25. i have three clients wanting 4 mechanics with extensive agricultural equipment experience especially tractors. Good rates of pay, job security, visa supplied, met at the airport, assistance to settle. email me for more information gary@pgarecruitment.com Gary