Chris Mallon – General manager

Chris completed a motor mechanic apprenticeship, now he’s a national manager of an ASX listed company.

Chris Mallon

About me

Name: Chris Mallon

Job: General Manager Recycling Operations at ACM Auto Parts

VET: Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Location: Gisborne

I've never had to apply for a job in my life.

My story

What was your VET journey?

After leaving school I became a qualified motor mechanic and worked in a wrecking yard.

After starting, I found out I was really good at data and analytics, so I quickly moved into warehousing, then sales and then ran the business for a couple of years. I was earning over $100,000 a year in my mid 20s.

ACM Auto Parts noticed the good work I was doing, offered me a job and I’ve progressed through different roles up to General Manager Recycling Operations, now leading a team of 60 people nationally and managing the largest financial areas of the business.

What advice would you give to students who are considering a vocational pathway?

Find something you have a passion for and stick with it.

What challenges did you face along the way?

I learnt early to say yes to every opportunity that comes along. I've had great mentors and have never had to apply for a job in my life.

Work hours?

9am – 5pm Monday to Friday

Inside or outside?


Solo or teamwork?

It's the full team.


Opportunities to work in all sorts of areas and manage all kinds of teams and activities.

People don't know?

I genuinely like to help people and I'm keen to invest in the next generation of motor mechanics.

Average salary?

$2,500 per week for an experienced national manager.

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