Transmission Trainee of the Year
When Carl Moffitt and his wife moved to Rotorua he took the opportunity to train for a new career in the Electricity Supply Industry.
Carl is now a trainee transmission line mechanic with Northpower Rotorua after a varied work background in sawmilling, pipe systems, helicopters, drain laying and gas delivery. All that experience has given Carl the work ethic to thrive in training for his new career.
Carl has been nominated in the Transpower-sponsored Transmission Trainee of the Year category of the 2021 Connexis Industry Excellence Awards, by Carey Sutton, Northpower NL3 Maintenance Manager in Rotorua.
Carey says Carl has embraced his new career with gusto and has shown hard work and dedication to quickly achieve his NZ Certificate in Electricity Supply (Level 4). “His willingness to learn is constant, which has given him the confidence to apply theory to practice and teach others within his team.” Carey adds that Carl often picks up the jobs no-one else wants to do, without being asked and is always finding reading material that helps increase his industry knowledge and skills. He is also happy to share that knowledge.
“I have seen him mentor new trainees on the worksite, taking the initiative to help others who are new to our industry. He has natural leadership abilities and communicates calmly, making those around him feel at ease,” Carey says.
Carl says he loves the opportunities for progression his new career path offers, particularly through Northpower into substations, distribution, and live lines as well as supervisory roles and management. Carl is particularly interested in live line training which he hopes to begin in the near future.
“I’ve never been happier in my working life. I feel as though it’s not just a job we’re doing, [but] a service to the people of New Zealand; building, maintaining and even sometimes dismantling circuits in the national power grid.”
The Connexis Industry Excellence Awards are a recognition of the hard work, dedication, and expertise it takes to succeed in the industry. They will be held online on Monday 6 December from 7pm. They will include a keynote speech by Minister for Infrastructure and Deputy Prime Minister Hon Grant Robertson and will be hosted by broadcaster Jason Pine.