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Zach Davies - Automotive apprentice

Zach Davis has a passion for working with cars. Through CDU’s VET for Secondary Students, Zach was able to start studying a Light Automotive Certificate whilst he was in high school. After graduating, he went to the Gold Coast 600 to work with the Red Bull Holden Racing team.

WHEN V8 Supercars star Craig Lowndes claimed his 100th victory two years ago in Darwin, automotive apprentice Zach Davis was in the thick of it, having won a competition to work trackside with the Red Bull Holden Racing team.

And the adventure didn’t stop there.

The 21-year-old mechanic, who graduated with a Certificate III in Light Automotive at CDU, was invited back to work with the same crew at the Hidden Valley and Sydney races this year.

“This has been my dream,” Zach said.

Zach Davis with a car

I’d love to drive race cars, but you’ve got to be realistic. To work as part of one of Australia’s top teams is awesome.

“My job in the pits is to help ensure the car’s body and suspension are in good shape; if a car crashes and we’re up until 2am fixing it, I help to fit panels and parts.”

Zach began his tertiary studies with CDU’s VET for Secondary Students program, which counted towards his grades. He worked hard to complete years 11 and 12 in one year so he could start an apprenticeship with Paul’s Service Centre in Winnellie.

“During my apprenticeship I focused on advanced diagnostics and engine management,” he said. “It’s been great to see first-hand how a professional team manages the Supercars high-performance engines.”

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