BEGIN YOUR AUTOMOTIVE CAREER TODAY
Box Hill Institute can prepare you to become an automotive professional or enhance your existing skillset to help you climb to the next step of your occupation
When Dino Rajapakse arrived in Australia from Sri Lanka, he was keen to change his career. He had previously studied a Business and Marketing degree but said, “I realised it wasn’t for me, I didn’t like sitting behind a desk all day, I like keeping busy.”
Dino enrolled in a two-year Diploma of Automotive Technology at Box Hill Institute as an international student and after graduating, worked some short stints at a few workshops, before picking up work with Toyota.
It was there that he says he realised how much he enjoyed sharing information and he began to explore ways he could transfer his knowledge to others.
The next time Dino arrived at Box Hill Institute, it was as a teacher eager to fulfil his ambition and who had retained fond memories of being taught by Mark Liberto.
“I am so lucky to have been taught by Mark in my classes. He is now my mentor as a teacher here at Box Hill,” Dino said.
“I feel privileged to work here. I am grateful to Mark, my manager Michael Cope and the automotive team for their support. We have a wonderful team and it’s one of the reasons why I love the Box Hill Institute.”
Dino finds it easy to relate to students and has an incredible knack for translating the most complex information into digestible, simple language. He wants his students to leave his lessons with a grasp of the basics, knowledge of the inner workings of the car and information on how to keep themselves safe.
He also regularly teaches the international automotive students, opening up and sharing his own experience as a former international student and making himself available to answer any questions they may have.
After COVID-19 drove students to remote learning, the automotive team quickly adjusted to the online environment, but Dino says he is glad to be able to return to teaching some classes on campus.
“It’s easier to perform practicals, to show students what they need to know and have them doing as much hands on practice as possible,” Dino said.
The more experience students get to work with the tools and equipment, the better opportunities they have when they go into the workforce.
So, if cars get your engine revving, you may wish to consider being like Dino and starting a career as an apprentice mechanic by completing one of the accredited automotive-related courses at Box Hill Institute.
Or if you are already an automotive technician, at Box Hill Institute you can shift it up a gear by enhancing your skills thanks to hands-on experience and the opportunity to learn from industry professionals how to inspect, service, diagnose and repair automotive systems.
For more information, visit www.boxhill.edu.au/study-areas/automotive