Take a look at a car – the steering column, axles and crankshaft will all have been produced by a Turner. How do they do it? A Turner works with a variety of machines, including a lathe, which spins materials such as wood or metal.
IT ALL BEGINS AT A REGIONAL COMPETITION
The WorldSkills Australia Turning Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 34 Australian regions. The Turning Regional Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the opportunity to win gold, silver and bronze medals and gain the chance to go on to compete at a national level.
WorldSkills Australia competitions operate on a two-year cycle. The next Turning Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2018 and 2020 are the next National Championship years.
What does Turning involve?
- Reading and interpreting:
- Job order detailed drawings
- Producing articles or parts to precise tolerances with a range off finishes by operating:
- Other machines
- Reading and interpreting design systems
- Assembling metal parts
- Checking accuracy and quality of finished articles or parts
- Maintaining and repairing lathes and other machinery
What employment opportunities are there in Turning work?
- Manufacturing industries, such as:
- Specialist workshops
- Large industrial workshops
Further pathways available in Turning work include:
- Metal Spinner
You should pursue a career in Turning if you:
- Have interest and aptitude for mechanical things
- Have good hand-eye coordination
- Have measurement and math skills
- Are safety-conscious
- Can work accurately
- Have good communication skills
- Have problem-solving ability
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