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Apprentice’s clever train of thought

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January 08, 2018

On the job: Metal fabrication apprentice Michael Mcfadzean from Trevaskis Engineering won bronze at the Regional WorldSkills competition and hopes to represent Victoria.

Trevaskis Engineering’s Michael McFadzean is hoping to represent Victoria at the WorldSkills Australia in June after earning bronze at the regional level competition last year.

Mr McFadzean was encouraged to compete in the regional event at Shepparton’s Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE by his teacher Steve Foster and Trevaskis Engineering production manager Scott Alexander.

The challenge set for the contestants was to create a model train carriage from scratch.

It required precision and tested the many skills someone who works with metal would require. They were given six hours to complete their model and could not see their fellow contestants during that time.

‘‘You had to do flame cutting, arc welding and the final model was measured right down to the millimetre,’’ he said.

Mr McFadzean has been based at the Tatura business for the past three years as a metal fabriciation apprentice and recently completed his apprenticeship.

To be a part of the National WorldSkills Australia competition in Sydney, he has had to send an application and is eagerly waiting to see if he can be a part of the Victorian team.

Mr Alexander said Mr McFadzean skills had developed really well and he was trusted to tackle much high-end work.

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