Mike Turner (Supervisor)
Acting Principal | Pembroke Primary School | Harlech St | Oamaru Tel: (03) 4370931 Email: [email protected]
Areas of expertise:
- Bridge Trophy for most promising Junior NCO (1999), 2 Troop, 1 Fld SQN, Royal NZ Engineers.
A 2 week residential course for prospective senior non-commissioned officers to facilitate the learning of all required technical administration pertinent to the supervisory level within the RNZAF's technical services.
Senior trade course for the aircraft engineering trade group covering all aspects of aircraft mechanical maintenance and servicing within the RNZAF. This includes:
Once graduated from this course, all technicians are deemed to be competent to carry out most mechanical engineering tasks specific to the trade group unsupervised.
Introductory course for all RNZAF technical personnel to demonstrate correct tool usage. Learning basic engineering techniques such as lathe operation, gas welding, hand filing and correct measuration techniques, the practical skills of each individual are assessed by way of 3 practical projects:
On completion of this course, technical personnel are then required to undergo trade specific junior courses before being posted out to RNZAF bases for 2 years ' on-the-job training.
I am currently employed as a 'one-to-one' mentor/teacher aide to a child who is overcoming violent, behavioural problems that have necessitated his exclusion from school in the past. This role involves helping him reintegrate back into both the school and classroom environments to assist in his catch-up of missed work during his absence. Although he is a lot less volatile, he still can become overwhelmed quite easily. As such, I provide a calm and pacifying presence for him before things escalate. Sadly, this position runs out of funding at the end of term two, 2018.
I am currently employed on a voluntary basis as the TimeBank Coordinator to assist and monitor the running of the local timebank. This also involves conducting induction and familiarization sessions with prospective users.
Library and Museum cleaner.
I was employed as an assistant rescue diver with Oceans Alive NZ Ltd. My primary role was to assist with the underwater safety contract with the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) courses. This was conducted by Wood Group PSN at their training facility in New Plymouth. I had to maintain the utmost standards of safety awareness, not only for myself but for the trainees conducting helicopter ditching at sea training. A calm attitude in the face of potentially serious situations (panicked or trapped trainees underwater; trainees or instruction staff suffering injury underwater, etc.) as well as an up to date knowledge of workplace first aid were essential prerequisites for working in this hazardous training environment.
This has been one of the most profoundly life-changing and rewarding positions I have had the pleasure to hold. It was difficult to say goodbye to the team and students that made this job what it was. Patience, understanding, flexibility, empathy and confidentiality in this position were the main requirements to success. I was assigned to some physically very strong and violent students, but I like to think that I made a real change in their life at school by assisting them where I could. This position was so inspiring and rewarding, that just before my wife won her posting overseas, I was about to enroll in a teaching diploma at Massey University.
Resuming study, after it was very sadly halted because of the passing away of both my parents, was something I chose to do after ending my career as an aircraft engineer. I saw the study as an opportunity to change career direction and pursue a long held interest in physical geography. My degree major, initially, was a major in mathematical physics, but in fact my interests were better suited towards pursuing physical geography, and this showed in my marks.
Whilst attending Massey, I took up several part-time work opportunities, including tutoring first year students in physical geography - specifically Google Earth application. I also secured work as the student radio's DJ Breakfast Show host. This position meant an early start to my day and a reasonable amount of preparatory work for each morning's show. I also had to think very quickly on my feet due to the dynamic nature of live radio. In addition to the breakfast dj-ing, I was also used as an MC for Wednesday live to air transmissions on the campus - this included competitions and jovial interaction with students.
As part of the training to be a dive control specialist, an internship in shop retail is required. My internship was served with Manawatu Dive and Marine in 2007 while I was on leave from Feildair recovering from a serious work injury. I was subsequently employed by Go Deep Scuba as a dive equipment retail consultant, whilst still undergoing training, after Manawatu Dive and Marine went into liquidation.
I was an aircraft engineer on the Convair 580 and various other small aircraft types. Dealing, primarily, with aircraft structurar repair as well as aircraft system and engine maintenance, this role required meticulous attention to detail, all the while working to a tight schedule. Due to the dynamic nature of 'airside' aviation industry, this often required voluntary overtime in order to meet the specific time constraints imposed by the job. This was my last position as an aircraft maintenance engineer, after sixteen years of experience. I decided to leave this position in 2008 to become a full-time, stay at home parent, whilst my wife resumed full-time work.
General, small aircraft maintenance including airframe, engine and avionics systems. This included some appointments as night shift supervisor for night flying operations.
Part of the initial emergency response team covering the Manawatu District. Training exercises included search and rescue, casualty evacuation, debris clearance, navigation and first aid.
In charge of all advertising conducted by Radio Control 99.4FM (previously known as Radio Massey and RadMass). This included maintaining one-to-one relationships with advertisers, ascertaining customer satisfaction with the station's product and undertaking any remedial action, when required. My tenure at the station also included the commissioning and promoting of the 2001 Control Card. This was a free promotion card available to all students and listeners of the station that offered discounts at various facilities and retail outlets around Palmerston North. The 2001 Control Card was deemed by many associated with the station, previously, to have been one of the most successful promotional campaigns ever conducted by the station.
Snorkeling & SCUBA diving, music, volleyball, underwater hockey, football, roller derby, mountain biking, bush craft & tramping, 4-wheel drive cross-country rallying, hunting, fishing, mechanical maintenance, engineering, physics, gardening, sustainable energy systems technology, permaculture, rock and stone carving, conservation issues.