Carey Baptist College students build trailers from scratch

left to right are Yaz Mubarakai MLA, Terry Healy MLA, Jack Wilmot and Year 12 student Jarrod Lehky.
left to right are Yaz Mubarakai MLA, Terry Healy MLA, Jack Wilmot and Year 12 student Jarrod Lehky.

BUILDING a full size, usable trailer from scratch was a project Carey Baptist College initially believed was too big to achieve.

Yet in the space of a single school term the school’s Year 12 Cert II Engineering students have built three trailers from the ground up, two caged box trailers and a 2000kg fully enclosed trailer complete with a 12 volt solar system and water tanks for the school to use in camps.

Carey Baptist College teacher Jack Wilmot said his initial reaction was to laugh when a student in 2014 asked if they could build a trailer, but since then they had built 13.

“Students gain real world manufacturing skills and learn fabrication processes used in the metals and engineering industry,” he said.

“The program is particularly rewarding as they get to see their skills put to something exciting, challenging and worthwhile, and some students even get to take one home themselves.

“The learning experience and teamwork that is experienced from these large projects is invaluable for these students and a fantastic stepping stone into other trade qualifications after school.”

Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai and Southern River MLA Terry Healy, who visited the school recently to see the finished products, congratulated the students on the finished product and the new skills they had learned.