Turning Competition

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.


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.

Register your interest to compete in Turning

What does Turning involve?
  • Reading and interpreting:
    • Job order detailed drawings
    • Specifications
  • Producing articles or parts to precise tolerances with a range off finishes by operating:
    • Lathes
    • Mills
    • 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:
    • Automobile
    • Agriculture
    • Aerospace
    • Transport
  • Specialist workshops
  • Large industrial workshops
Further pathways available in Turning work include:
  • Metal Spinner
  • Engineer
  • Developer
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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