‘Gold Rush’ Star Rick Ness Gets Aid from Rookie Mechanic When Excavator Breaks Down

by Amy Myers

This mechanic proved that age really only is a number when he came to help out Gold Rush star Rick Ness and his crew.

Ness started to worry that he wouldn’t be able to reach his weekly gold count when he lost his mechanic and was left with his smallest crew yet. At the same time, he could only use his 480 excavator to fill the rock trucks which was too small for the job at Duncan Creek. Meanwhile, his 750 lay in pieces, waiting for the right pair of hands to assemble the monstrous machinery so that the Gold Rush crew can push more paydirt through the sluice.

Without his usual crew with him, Ness had to put out a call to local mechanics to put the excavator together. While slowly digging away with his 480, he finally received word that someone named Torsten Peterson had come to help.

The only problem was that Torsten was a bit younger than the Gold Rush star expected.

Apprentice Proves ‘Gold Rush’ Crew’s Suspicions Wrong

As it turned out, Peterson was actually an apprentice. He only had one more year until he could call himself a full-fledged mechanic. According to the 20-year-old, he had completed all the schooling necessary for the job. Now, he just needed to finish his hours.

Not surprisingly, Ness was a little wary about having someone so young handle his million-dollar machinery. While Peterson seemed confident enough, Ness wasn’t sure he could take on such a daunting task.

But soon enough, the young mechanic apprentice proved the Gold Rush crew wrong and easily assembled the excavator without hesitation.

Why Ness Shouldn’t Have Been So Surprised About Mechanic’s Skills

Upon inspection, Ness concurred that the machine worked just as it should and applauded Peterson for demonstrating such expert skills after just three years in the industry.

“The kid, he might just be an apprentice, but he pulled it off, man. He did a great job,” the Gold Rush star admitted.

While it’s easy to think that lack of life experience equates to lack of skill, there’s another star on Gold Rush that has proved this theory wrong. Ness’ own former mine boss, Parker Schnabel, is much younger than him and has been in the mining industry since he was 15. Despite his young age, the 27-year-old is now one of the most formidable competitors in the Yukon. And in fact, he has taught Ness most of what he knows about running an operation.

So, when Peterson revealed that he was only 20-years-old, this shouldn’t have phased Ness because he had seen first-hand how much Schnabel had accomplished in his first years as a mine boss. Perhaps in a few years, Peterson, himself, will be the top competitor for mechanics in the region.