CQUniversity-trained automotive mechanic Steven Perfect is the very definition of the saying “like-father-like-son”, with the 22-year-old doing his dad proud by winning the recent Regional WorldSkills Automotive competition.
Steven, who works as a mechanic for Tropical Auto Group in Rockhampton, is now considered the best young mechanic in the CQ region after taking out the title in during the competition at CQUniversity’s Rockhampton City Campus in August 2017.
His father, Robert, who worked as a mechanic at Tropical Auto for 10 years, now teaches automotive mechanical at CQUniversity’s Emerald campus.
“My dad was pretty proud when he heard,” Steven said. “I wanted to become a mechanic because of my dad.”
Steven said he found the WorldSkills competition quite the challenge.
“It was the first time I’d ever competed in WorldSkills, so yeah it’s quite an achievement (to have won),” he said.
“I knew all the other competitors so there was some friendly rivalry.”
Robert said his son showed interest in being a mechanic from an early age.
“During his primary school days he often came to work with me at Tropical on Saturday mornings and helped out. He always showed a good mechanical aptitude and was keen to learn. Somehow we always knew he would go down this path. His mum and I are very proud of him,” he said.
Now Steven will go on to compete in the WorldSkills Nationals in 2018, and if he wins, he could also represent Australia at the internationals the following year.
Steven said he also had Tropical Auto and CQUniversity to thank for the win.
“My employer is pretty excited,” he said.
“My teacher Remo Menolotto was really good – really knowledgeable.”
He said he hoped to keep working for Tropical Auto Group and perhaps do some further studies in auto-electrical.