Robert Mendel's career in engineering drafting has drawn ahead with an award win.
The Glenwood resident, 23, was named Apprentice of the Year at the Western Sydney Regional Training Awards on June 13.
He completed a four-year apprenticeship in engineering drafting at Toshiba International Corporation's Parramatta office six months early.
While working in industry he completed a Certificate 3 in detail drafting and a diploma in mechanical engineering at Mt Druitt TAFE.
"I came here because I enjoy drafting but I decided to learn more about the engineering side of the work, besides just drawing a motor and not knowing anything about it," he said.
"It has helped my general knowledge. Now I understand everything inside [the motor] and can look at a bridge and know what they had to do to build it."
Mr Mendel said drafting involved drawing motors in 2D and 3D on an AutoCAD program before manufacture or modification.
He said it felt good to receive the award.
"I had been a finalist for group training awards last year, but that was as far as I went.
"This was a state training award which is a lot bigger and had an interview process.
"They asked about my goals and how I could be a good role model to other apprentices.
"I expressed that knowledge is the key to success."
Mr Mendel said his managers had supported him all the way and he now supervises new trainees and apprentices.
"It's nice to be in control and have people ask you questions instead of you being the one asking all the questions."