Ventia’s Samantha Icely is one of only 1.4% of female mechanics in Australia.

Samantha’s an apprentice mechanic breaking the mould as she is not content with your run-of the-mill-style mechanics, she specialises in heavy commercial vehicles that exceed more than 4.5 tonnes.

Samantha is based in Townsville and works as part of Ventia’s Defence Maintenance Contact (DMC) team, who are the trusted industry partner for the maintenance of some of Defence’s newest most unique equipment.

Excelling in her field


Samatha’s passion for her work has been recognised in her nomination for the 2024 Heavy Commercial Vehicle Apprentice of the Year Award by TecNQ.

TecNQ is a Queensland company that provides apprenticeship training in a variety of trades-based careers. Each year they host an awards gala to recognise their highest achieving apprentices.

TecNQ’s apprentice of the year awards recognise the very best apprentices in a variety of trades in the regions of Cairns, Townsville, and Mackay.


Pursuing passions

Samantha has had an interest in mechanics from a young age and this passion extended into high school and beyond. During college she gained work experience with Ventia (previously Broadspectrum) and has transitioned into an apprentice role with Ventia since finishing school.

“I’ve found my work with Ventia way more engaging than sitting behind a desk,” says Samantha.  

This nomination has given me the confidence to carry out my job on a more independent level. I'm proud of myself and I’m very happy that my hard work is being recognised.

“I’m looking forward to a lasting career full of opportunities and potential learning pathways.”

Sam Icely with Wayne Nutchly Site Manager, JLU North Queensland.


Thriving in a complex environment

Site Manager in Townsville Wayne Nutchey is thrilled to see Samantha recognised for her effort during her Apprenticeship.

“It’s a wonderful achievement for Samantha to be recognised for her ongoing efforts during the technical training portion of her Heavy Vehicle Road Transport Apprenticeship.”

The procedures encompassing maintenance techniques on heavy commercial vehicles such as trucks, buses and construction equipment bring their own unique challenges.

"They quite often comprise heavier components and parts, and more complex systems than regular small vehicles," says Wayne.

The awards will be taking place in Townsville on the 19th April 2024. A huge congratulations to Samantha on this exciting nomination and we wish her the very best for the awards.