Welding Competition

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 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 maths skills
  • Have good hand-eye coordination
  • Can work accurately, with attention to detail
  • Are physically fit

IT ALL BEGINS AT A REGIONAL COMPETITION

The WorldSkills Australia Welding Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 34 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. 2018 and 2020 are the next National Championship years.

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Training Package Requirements

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia Welding Competitions align to the MEM05 (release 11.1) – National Metal and Engineering Training Package.

Regional Competition

Training Package Requirements – Regional Level

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia Regional Welding competition aligns to the Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) contained in the MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Release 4).

  • MEM05018C – Weld using Manual Metal Arc Welding (MMAW) process
  • MEM05012C – Perform advanced welding using MMAW process
  • MEM05050B – Weld using Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) process
  • MEM05012C – Perform advanced welding using GMAW process
  • MEM13014A – Apply principles of occupational health & safety (WHS) in work environment
  • MEM15024A – Apply quality procedures
  • MEM14004A – Plan to undertake a routine task
  • MEM14005A – Plan a complete activity
  • MEM05011D – Assemble fabricated components
  • MEM05015D – Weld using MMAW
  • MEM09002B – Interpret technical drawings

Regional Tasks

  • Perform manual metal arc welding using hydrogen controlled electrodes
  • Gas metal arc welding of plate
  • Read and interpret weld symbols on the drawing
  • Use and implement planned welding sequences
  • Use a highlight pen and denote key dimensions
  • Show competence in manual metal arc welding and gas metal arc welding
  • Conform completed welds to AS1796 – 2001
  • Work in a safe manner
  • Produce all types of weld joints, fillets and butts, in various positions with full penetration and no internal defects

Regionals Competition Duration

6 hours – 1 day

National Competition

Training Package Requirements – National Level

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia National Welding competition aligns to the Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) contained in the MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Release 4).

In addition to the Regional requirements, the National also includes:

  • MEM05016C – Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process
  • MEM05017D – Weld using gas metal arc welding process
  • MEM05018C – Perform advanced welding using gas metal arc welding process
  • MEM05019D – Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process
  • MEM05020C – Perform advanced welding using gas tungsten arc welding process

National Tasks

  • Weld MMAW and GMAW butt and fillet welds in various positions assessed to AS 1796-2001
  • Weld using MMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW welding processes of a pressure vessel
  • Weld GTAW of aluminium and stainless steel
  • Job planning and time management
  • Assembly of modules to drawings: print reading and interpretation
  • Work in a safe manner
  • Produce all types of weld joints, fillets, butts and corners, in all positions with full penetration and no internal defects on all modules
  • Present completed work

Nationals Competition Duration

18 hours – 3 days

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