After great success at the Skills Competition Wales Semi Final, Pembrokeshire College advanced welding students Joel Blair, Cohen Lewis and Nathan John secured places in the final held at Newport Gwent earlier this year.
Each welder had to fabricate a carbon steel vessel, which consisted off MMA, MAG and TIG welding processes. Each plate and pipe butt, open corner and fillet welds were marked against a robust criteria. Eight competitors from north and south Wales colleges took part and Nathan John of Whitland Engineering gained a gold medal of excellence. Joel and Cohen who are enhanced engineers were highly commended within the competition.
Nathan was extremely pleased with his achievement and said, “I am really proud that I achieved first place in the competition. Being able to participate in the Skills Wales Competition is really good experience and really challenges you to work under pressure. I have learnt how to control and improve my skills and really would like to thank the teaching staff at the college for their support.”
Nathan has obtained employment at Whitland Engineering alongside his course and is hoping to use his competition experience to pursue a full-time career in the mechanical engineering industry.
Jo Bradshaw, Engineering Lecturer at the College was very proud of her students and their achievements, “I am delighted for each of the competitors in their success in both the semi-final and final events. They have all worked exceptionally hard over the past few months, not only have they been working towards their Level 3 qualifications but they have been finding the time to practice for these competitions. To be within the top five apprentice welders and fabricators within Wales 2019 is a fantastic achievement.
I would like to thank the local employers who support us during competition cycles and I wish all of the competitors every success for the future.“
Alongside the welding completion, the Skills Competition Wales Construction Metal work final was held. Loui Murray who is an apprentice of Kingswood Engineering gained runner up within the final event. Loui had to fabricate a carbon steel component made from sectional materials and plate. Angles, measurements and alignments were verified, along with the quality of oxy fuel cut edges.