HANDY MAN: Clay Scott has won the award for being the region’s best under-23 mechanic.
HANDY MAN: Clay Scott has won the award for being the region’s best under-23 mechanic. Allan Reinikka Rokatrade

Central Queensland’s top mechanic tunes up for nationals

GROWING up on a cattle station at Mount Coolon, Clay Scott definitely did not want to work in an office.

His dad was a diesel fitter, so he thought he would like to follow in his footsteps, but then he found lighter machinery interesting to work with - even though he did not really have an interest in cars.

"I completed my apprenticeship at Allenstown Autos and started with Jeff and Sharon Medlin at Tom Leyden Tyre and Mechanical at the start of this year," Clay said.

The Gracemere mechanic has taken everything on board during his short career as a mechanic, and this week was presented with an award for winning the World Skills Automotive Central Queensland Division Under-23s Best Mechanic.

The 23-year-old finished second in CQ in the same competition in 2011 before going on to represent the region at the national awards with the top 15 mechanics in the country. He will again represent CQ at nationals, but not until September 2014, giving him plenty of time to tune up and hone his skills at work, and at workshops at CQ TAFE.

Clay said what he loved most about his job was the environment.



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