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MITEC continues to build its reputation for training top quality welders with success in both regional and national competitions.

Last month engineering student Jay Blair competed in the ‘Skills Competition Wales – Advanced Welding’ held at Coleg Cambria.

Competing against seven other competitors, Jay completed welds using the MMA, TIG and MAG process. Gaining the highest score for the South Wales Region, Jay was placed 3rd overall.

The QA/AC Manager, Andrew Walters, from Rhyal Engineering commented: “On behalf of Rhyal Engineering, I would like to congratulate Jay on what he has achieved in his first year of welding. Finishing 3rd in Wales is fantastic and will stand him in great stead to further his career.”

Meanwhile, earlier in the year, former student Joshua Tuson who is an apprentice for Jenkins and Davies, took part in the ‘Skill Weld UK National Final’ held at the NEC in Birmingham. Josh welded vessels in Aluminium, Stainless steel and Mild steel. Josh passed the pressure test, where his mild steel vessel was tested to 70 bar. He also completed a series of butt welds in plate and pipe; these were all radiographed to check for internal quality. Josh gained a very well respected highly commended award for his work.

College Lecturer, Jo Bradshaw said, “We’re delighted to continually see our students competing against the best trainee welders in both Wales and the UK. All our competitors work incredibly hard to perfect their skills and receive invaluable support from their employers throughout the competition process. The skills competitions teach our trainees how to cope under pressure and provide an excellent opportunity to really test their skills as well as enhancing their CVs.”