Ex-auto workers find a future at Cornell Diesel Systems

Published: 11 September 2017

Cornell Diesel Systems in Sunshine has commenced hiring ex-auto workers thanks to a Victorian Government Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) grant.

The company, which specialises in remanufacturing, diagnosis, repair and parts sales for diesel engine system, is planning to generate 35 new jobs - many suitable for ex auto workers - and embark on an expansion which includes the construction of  a  state-of-the-art 4,000 square metre workshop.

Zoran Trifunovski and Ingrid Zampatti, who previously had roles at automotive supply chain company Denso, and ex-Toyota worker Cuong Pham, are loving their new roles and say they are able to use the abilities that they developed in the automotive industry at Cornell.

Group Engineer Zoran, who was at Denso for over 22 years, says he is glad Cornell has seen the skills that both he and others in the automotive industry can offer.

Cuong, a Diesel Technican, says he was initially upset when he found out about the end of car manufacturing in Victoria. Now having secured a new role, he encourages other autoworkers not to give up hope.

Listen to Zoran, Ingrid and Cuong tell their story in the below video:

Video transcript

Ex Auto Workers find a future at Cornell Diesel Systems in Sunshine, Victoria

Zoran Trifunovski - Group Engineer - Cornell Diesel Systems
I was at DENSO for over 22 years and I worked in a number of roles while I was there. An organisation such as this has given me the opportunity seeing with the skills that are not just myself but others within the automotive industry have and be able to use it in their environment.

Hon Wade Noonan - Minister for Industry and Employment
We're really pleased to be at Cornell Diesel Systems in Sunshine. This business is in fact growing in Melbourne's west, and they've been the recipient of a local industry fund transition grant to help them accelerate their growth. And the really great news here is they've been able to pick up a number of ex-auto workers.

Cuong Pham - Technician, Cornell Diesel Systems
When car manufacturing ending, I feel upset about it.

Ingrid Zampatti - Customer Services - Cornell Diesel Systems
In my previous role at DENSO, I was in customer service, logistics, distribution, and I was there for 32 years. I was very lucky to have been picked up by Cornell. I brought across my experience and my knowledge of suppliers and customers.

Hon Wade Noonan - Minister for Industry and Employment
When you listen to what the business says about those auto workers, you realise that it's absolutely a win-win because they're benefiting really from the skills, the knowledge, the experience of those ex-auto workers.

Cuong Pham - Technician, Cornell Diesel Systems
My advice for former automotive workers is don't be shy, don't be scared, just go and give it a try. And just try to get your foot in the door, and don't give up.

[Narrator] Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne.