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Jessie Nott

from Produce Shop Assistant to Maintenance Technician
Servicing and maintenance on gas wells that contribute to the domestic and international gas market
Energy, gas and oil
Shell's QGC Business
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  • Changing my career from vet nursing to mechanical fitter
  • Taking a gap year to discover my passions
  • Working in remote locations at wellsites

About me

  • International Experience
  • Regional Background

I completed high school in 2012 and continued to work for my gap year. I didn’t know what I wanted to do; I only knew that I did not want to go to university.

I saved all my money in my gap year which funded a working holiday to Canada for the following 12 months. When I returned, I enrolled into a CERT IV in Veterinary Nursing which is a two-year job-based certificate which I completed in 2018. In between completing this course, I worked at two different vet clinics and worked rurally on a 400,000-acre station.

I then wanted to study to get a trade and move into a resource industry. There just happened to be apprenticeships advertised in my local area (Dalby). I started a CERT III in engineering (Fitting) in 2019 and completed it in 2022. I moved into a fulltime tradesperson role in 2022 and haven’t looked back.

About my role

  • Confident
  • Flexible
  • Humorous
  • Logical
  • Practical

The role of a Maintenance Technician within an energy, gas and oil company is to carry out the maintenance on gas wellsites and gas compression stations. This includes small engine maintenance, pipework maintenance and part installation.

The Technician also inspects equipment, and systems to identify any issues. Repairing faulty equipment units and damaged structures is an ongoing task. Developing and implementing preventative maintenance procedures is also involved.

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  • High School Certificate Year 12
  • Cert IV Veterinary Nursing
  • Cert III Engineering (Fitting/ Turning)


  • Biology
  • Building and Construction Skills
  • Design
  • Engineering/Engineering Skills
  • General Mathematics (Maths A)
  • Physical Education


  • 2020 Received $2000 Women in Trades Scholarship from MIGAS


  • Gardening
  • Horse riding
  • Photography
  • Seeing family and friends
  • Travel


  • 2 Dog
  • 3 Horses

15 year old me!!

“Don’t sweat the small things and have a go at everything. Treat everyday at work as a job interview.”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Worked part time during school then moved into fulltime role
  2. Working holiday overseas
  3. Started part time studying and working
  4. Started trade
  5. Finished trade and began dream job

My employer

Shell has operated in Australia since 1901. From operating Australia’s first oil refinery, which was central to meeting Australia’s fuel needs, to fuelling the first Qantas commercial flight in the 1920s, to playing a foundation role in building some of Australia’s largest and most innovative natural resource developments. Throughout this 122-year relationship the needs of their customers and the nation have changed and they have continued transforming their portfolio to meet these needs. Today, they are a leading natural gas producer and are playing their part in the transition to a low-carbon future by investing in the power sector, renewable energy sources and carbon abatement activities.