“Don’t overthink everything and just stick with what you know.” That’s the advice for those entering skills competitions at this year’s Annual Connection from 2022’s winning cable jointer, Justin Quigley.
Justin, a cable jointer with WEL Networks in Waikato, believes the secret to his success at the event in Levin last year was “trying to take a laid-back approach”.
“I was just keen to see how I would go because I’d only been qualified for a year. I was quite surprised at placing first. I’d definitely say it’s worth giving it a try.”
Justin has been with WEL Networks for about nine years, starting out in civil works before moving into cable jointing.
“I decided I’d had enough of digging holes and thought about what else I’d be interested in doing. Jointing seemed like a good fit for me.
He says the biggest challenges of being a cable jointer range from understanding testing to problem solving and working with customers who’ve lost power, but he finds it satisfying work.
“I like running jobs and seeing the end product, and I like the challenge of learning new things.
“It’s always going to be an in-demand trade.”