Max Melling: 2022 Steel Excellence Award winner

Max Melling recently completed his boilermaking apprenticeship at Jasmat Steel Fabrications. Max has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, and is the ‘go to’ person when his co-workers need help. He has undertaken a variety of professional development programs in addition to his apprenticeship, completing a Certificate IV in Business Administration, securing his heavy rigid drivers licence, and taking on responsibility for Jasmat’s new CNC machine.

With a passion for steel, Max Melling commenced his career as a trades assistant during school holidays. He quickly progressed, commencing a Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication at Jasmat Steel Fabrications in 2019. On many occasions, TAFE lecturers called upon Max to assist and train fellow students due to his fast learning abilities and skilled workmanship. 

Max completed a Certificate IV in Business Administration, whilst in his final year of school, to enhance his career choices. These studies have helped him in his role at Jasmat Steel Fabrications, particularly when liaising with co-workers, project managers, and sub-contractors.

In August 2020, Jasmat Steel Fabrications purchased its first CNC machine. In light of Max’s in-depth computer skills, he was appointed to organise and train in the operation of the machine. Now that the machine is fully operational, Max is responsible for training other team members in its use and handles any troubleshooting.

Since commencing his apprenticeship, Max has also secured a Heavy Rigid drivers licence, and is trusted by the Jasmat management team to attend sites for steel deliveries, often assisting other onsite subcontractors while there.

Max’s passion for steelwork and fabrication has seen him complete a range of projects in his spare time, including an off-road motorbike carrier, a dual motorbike trailer, a 4WD flat top tray with drawer, 4WD side steps, guard protectors and bullbar extensions, and transporter and trailer modifications.

With boilermakers and welders in high demand, Max sees a life-long future in Australia’s steel industry. Max is a firm believer that steel manufacturing must remain in Australia, not only for his own job security, but also for future generations to come. Given his valued leadership and exceptional workmanship, which are underpinned by an exemplary work ethic, Max is
sure to have a long and successful career in steel.

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