How Benjamin Shepherd combined his love for outdoor power equipment and technical training to take the family business forward.

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How Benjamin Shepherd combined his love for outdoor power equipment and technical training to take the family business forward.

How Benjamin Shepherd combined his love for outdoor power equipment and technical training to take the family business forward

Benjamin Shepherd has been a part of his family’s outdoor power equip­ment business for as long as he can remember. When he wanted to take his career to the next level, he chose Kangan Institute’s Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment (AUR30713) to give him the skills he needed to take the family business to the next level. Located on the Mornington Peninsula, Hastings Mowers started out as a small mower and sports store and has developed into a lawn and garden equipment superstore. They carry an extensive range of equipment and provide service and advice for brands such as Husqvarna, Toro, and Briggs and Stratton.

“My Grandpa opened Hastings Mowers in 1966 and my mum joined the business twenty years ago,” Benjamin said. “It’s a family affair. I have always been mechanically minded so I went to Kangan Institute to formalise my studies when I left high school," he said.

Benjamin believes that his education at Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) further deepened his extensive knowledge of the products he has been servicing in store. “A lot of the learning was completed on the field but it was great to learn in detail and find out the specifics of the various technologies. There are a limited amount of places that you can get training in this field in Australia. People came from as far as the Murray, Morwell and Colac to attend this school. It’s a very big centre with plenty of room for the students and the latest technolo­gies to train on.”


Kangan Institute’s ACE is the largest and most advanced automotive training facility in the southern hemisphere. From motorsport to light and heavy vehicles, painting and panel beating to automotive electrical, motorcycles and marine to outdoor power equipment, its courses are designed to give apprentices the latest industry skills.

From its award-winning 5-star environ­mentally sustainable design to its cutting-edge facilities, ACE breaks new ground in the automotive training sector and is poised to continue revolutionising the industry for years to come.

The Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment (AUR30713) delivered by Kangan Institute will give students a solid grounding in most Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) systems including mowers, chainsaws, trimmers and pumps.


At Kangan Institute we have world class teach­ing staff that have extensive industry experi­ence and connections. Our OPE teacher, Daniel Arambatzidis, has been with Kangan Institute for 5 years and is a member of the Outdoor Power Equipment Association Sector Committee. He has witnessed the growth and technical development in Outdoor Power Equipment technologies over the years and ensures that Kangan Institute has access to the latest equipment.


Daniel has worked to develop strong industry relationships across the Outdoor Power Equipment industry. “A lot of the newer products include electronic technology which requires plug and scan diagnostic tools. Our strong connection to our partners ensures that we are up to date in the latest product training equipment.”

Kangan Institute has established a vast network of industry partners and a strong reputation with employers across Victoria. By developing our courses in consultation with industry partners, we make sure that you gain the most industry relevant and up to date skills.

In the near future Kangan Institute will incorporate Go Kart technology into the course which will broaden the scope of job opportunities available in the Outdoor Power Industry.

Find  out more about outdoor power equipment programs.
This article appeared in Power Equipment Australasia, February – March 2016.

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