RAAF veteran Joe Devereux has recently joined the team at St Hilliers on the EOLRP Queensland Project for the Department of Defence in Townsville. Joe secured his role at St Hilliers through Queensland RSL’s veteran job scheme.
A meeting between St Hilliers and peak economic development body for the region, Townsville Enterprise, identified a shortfall in employment opportunities in Townsville for ADF personnel transitioning to civilian life. Having had success with other mature age cadet-style roles, St Hilliers worked with the Queensland RSL and identified Joe as a candidate.
Andrew Baxter, Business Relations Manager at St Hilliers commented that Joe possesses many transferrable skills from his time in the RAAF.
“The ability to remain calm under pressure and to work well as part of a team are vitally important in construction projects. Joe demonstrates these characteristics every day – he has been an asset to the team since day one,” he said.
During his 16 years as a Technical Maintenance Engineer with the RAAF, Joe was responsible for servicing a range of different aircraft including FA-18 Hornets, Super Hornets and P3 Orions. He also had the opportunity to work in many different locations across Australia and overseas, including deployments in Iraq and the Middle East.
Having joined the St Hilliers team in July this year, Joe said he is excited to be embarking on the next chapter of his life.
“When I think back to my time in the RAAF I feel so lucky to have had the chance to travel so far and wide in Australia and overseas and to have had the opportunity to serve my country. But after 16 years of service, I’m looking forward to starting a new chapter,” he said.
In addition to his role as Site Engineer at St Hilliers, Joe will be completing a Project Management diploma at TAFE Queensland.
A Townsville local for 27 years, Joe is a husband and proud father of two kids, Jacob and Jemima. The whole family is enjoying the extra time they can spend together now that Joe works more regular hours.
“One of the realities of serving with the RAAF is constant shift changes. Now, with more regular hours, I get to spend a lot more time with the family and we’re making the most of it by camping or going out fishing on our boat,” he said.