Skills on show as welders compete

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Ethan Reeve lines up his next weld.
Camera IconEthan Reeve lines up his next weld. Credit: Callum Hunter/Callum Hunter

Some of the South West’s best young welders converged on South Regional TAFE on Friday for the WorldSkills welding South West regional competition.

Event organiser Warren East said the competition was a chance for young tradespeople and apprentices to develop their skills and climb the ladder to becoming a welding inspector.

“Welding inspectors are needed to support industry,” he said.

“It’s a highly skilled profession and not for everyone.”

Competitors had to make a series of stick and MIG welds and were judged on their best three of each method.

Ethan Reeve and Brody Johnston said they took part in the competition to boost their resumes and progress as far as possible in their chosen careers.

“My brother did the cabinet making one and he’s gone to Abu Dhabi for it so I thought I'd do it as well,” Mr Johnston said.

Mr Reeve said it was his love for his trade that drove him to compete.

The winners of the regional competitions will be announced at a breakfast function at Crown Perth in November.

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