For as long as she can remember Melanie Coles has been fascinated by construction. Growing up in Hedland she was intrigued by the various projects springing to life around her and while considering future occupations in high school, she decided to test her skills. After experiencing four trades during work experience stints – ranging from cabinet making to boiler making and plumbing – Melanie was surprised to discover a talent, and passion for, cabinetry. She commenced an apprenticeship in 2010 and gained valuable experience as a contractor on large projects, run by Pindan and other companies in the North West, by the time she had completed the trade in mid-2014.
When Pindan Asset Management began recruiting local staff to assist with its large-scale Department of Communities contract earlier this year, Melanie was offered a job as a Maintenance Carpenter in Karratha.
Supervisor, Slava Slavashevskiy, explained how Melanie was handpicked for the role.
“Melanie has worked directly for Pindan since June 2015 but previously worked for me at Timber First as a Leading Carpenter,” he said.
“She also had many years’ experience on big projects in South and Port Hedland while she was an apprentice.
Melanie said that she felt destined to be involved with Department of Communities projects, having assisted with their New Living Program during her apprenticeship.
“I also did two weeks in Newman at the Art Gallery, then went to Meekatharra for two weeks doing maintenance and did second fix for Pindan during the second half of last year,” she said.
“In addition, I worked on the renovations at Port Hedland’s International Airport and it seems that it doesn’t’ matter where I go, or who I work for, I always end up doing Department of Communities related work.”
Six months after taking on the role, Melanie says she is enjoying the professional growth she has experienced.
“The thing I like most about working for Pindan is that I can express myself in the carpentry aspect of my job and take on the organising part of my day,” she said.
“In many companies you don’t get that role, so I can really say that I have matured over my time with the company.”