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WORLDSKILLS WELDING COMPETITION AT LEETON

WORLDSKILLS WELDING COMPETITION AT LEETON

WORLDSKILLS WELDING COMPETITION AT LEETON

WORLDSKILLS WELDING COMPETITION AT LEETON

Date: 13/08/2013 12:00 PM

TAFE NSW Riverina Institute’s Leeton Campus recently hosted the WorldSkills Riverina Murray Regional Welding Competition.

A specialised pool of seven competitors from across the Riverina region came to compete at Riverina Institute’s Leeton Campus. All seven are currently studying Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication) at various Riverina Institute campuses including Griffith, Lake Cargelligo, Young and Leeton.

The competition was held over a seven hour period, with competitors undertaking two AS1796 Welding certifications: 8G Gas Metal Arc Welding and 3E Manual Metal Arc Welding (Low Hydrogen).

Craig McVittie, Riverina Institute’s Acting Head of Department Engineering played an instrumental role in organising the event, and was on hand to offer his support.

“All our students completed their work within the timeframe, and really enjoyed the day."

“It was a fantastic experience, and gave the competitors and the watching public great insight into the level of skill required to achieve an AS1796 welding certification”, said Mr McVittie.

WorldSkills Australia aims to develop and nurture the skills of young Australians. Its purpose is to promote and build a skills culture by inspiring young people, celebrating skills excellence and providing them with an opportunity to showcase their trade and skill talent.

WorldSkills competitions operate on a two year cycle. Regional Competitions flow into National Competitions and National Competition winners, if eligible, can become members of the Team Australia Skillaroos. Three Riverina Institute students represented Australia as part of the 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos at the 42nd WorldSkills International Competition held recently in Germany.