Welding is the process of fusing parent materials, usually metals, with a filler material and creating a joint between the pieces. Welding is a highly respected trade with countless applications in many industries, including the automotive industry, building construction, pipelines, mining, farming and general fabrication of everyday household items.
The WorldSkills Australia Welding Competition is assessed to strict industry standard codes to ensure a high level of quality is obtained and covers a range of welding processes and materials.
YOU SHOULD PURSUE A CAREER IN WELDING IF YOU:
- Are interested in practical and manual work
- Have good hand-eye coordination
- Can work accurately, with attention to detail
IT ALL BEGINS AT A REGIONAL COMPETITION
The WorldSkills Australia Welding Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 42 Australian regions. The Welding 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 Welding Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2023 and 2025 are the next National Championship years.
Training Package Requirements
The WorldSkills Australia Welding Competitions align to the National Metal and Engineering Training Package.
Training Package Requirements – Regional Level
The 2022 WorldSkills Australia Regional Welding Competition aligns to the Units of Competency contained in the MEM30319 – Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade Qualification.
The Regional Competition consists of projects that consists of 2 sections assessed by the AS1796-2001 assessment schedule. The 2 sections consist of manual metal arc welding using hydrogen-controlled electrodes and gas metal arc welding of plate. The Competition project is designed to test the Competitors skills and ability in the following areas related to Welding:
- Print reading and interpretation
- Job planning and organization
- Assembly techniques
- MMAW Manual Metal Arc Welding
- GMAW Gas Metal Arc Welding
- Conformance of completed welds to AS1796-2001
- Welding of seams in all positions
- Presentation of completed work
- Working in a safe manner
Regionals Competition Duration
The competition is completed in 6 hours over 1 day not including briefing or breaks.
Training Package Requirements – National Level
The 2023 WorldSkills Australia National Welding Competition aligns to the Units of Competency contained in the MEM30319 – Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade Qualification.
The National Competition is assessed to strict industry standard codes to ensure a high level of quality is obtained and covers a range of welding processes and materials. The competition project is designed to test the Competitors skills in the following areas related to Welding:
- Job planning and time management
- Assembly of modules to drawings: print reading and interpretation
- Work in a safe manner
- Welding of seams in all positions
- Compliance to Judges’ instructions
- Allowance for distortion
Nationals Competition Duration
The competition is completed in 15 hours over 3 days not including briefing or breaks.
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