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Preparing and joining various types of metal, using both electrical and electric/gas processes.

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Why is this skill important?

A welder interprets engineering working drawings, standards and symbols to prepare and join a range of metals of various gauges using electrical and electrical/gas shielded processes.

Welding professionals need to have a thorough knowledge and understanding of various welding equipment and processes, metallurgy, and electrical processes in order to choose correctly from among them depending on the material being joined.  Also very important:  they need to thoroughly understand safe working procedures and personal protection equipment. 

The skill set of an expert welder is broad; so, too, is the range of industries in which a welder can work, including civil engineering, mechanical engineering, transport, marine engineering, and construction, service and leisure industries. A welder has opportunity to work in diverse locations and situations, ranging from a bench in a factory, to shipyards, power stations, petro-chemical plants, and off-shore gas or oil rigs or terminals.

Today’s expert welder has options to specialize in one or a number of welding processes and environments, and may train to work with exotic alloys. Modern welding is evolving quickly, and currently includes exploration into the exciting field of ”virtual” welding.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Fixing things
  • Making things
  • Craftsmanship
  • Using tools

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Welders join sections, pipe and plate and fabricate large and small pressure vessels.

  • Under timed conditions, each Competitor will prepare and finish different welded joints.

  • A familiarity with electricity and electrical processes is beneficial for this Skill.

  • Marks are awarded to those who accurately follow specific assessment criteria.

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Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 737 Xianhai Ning China
Silver 733 YEONGJU PARK Korea
Silver 731 Junya Kasagi Japan
Bronze 730 JIAN-HONG LIN Chinese Taipei
Medallion for Excellence 728 Chandler Vincent United States of America
Medallion for Excellence 722 MUHAMMAD ZULHILMI MOHD SABERI Malaysia
Medallion for Excellence 721 Dylan Bolch Australia
Medallion for Excellence 721 Vadim Mindigaliev Russia
Medallion for Excellence 718 Santi Chookaew Thailand
Medallion for Excellence 717 Brent Koekkoek Netherlands
Medallion for Excellence 716 Josh Peek United Kingdom
Medallion for Excellence 715 Andrew Christensen Canada
Medallion for Excellence 712 Rafael Dário Brazil
Medallion for Excellence 707 Daniel Zaja Hungary
Medallion for Excellence 704 Eoin Shortall Ireland
Medallion for Excellence 704 Alireza Badri Iran
Medallion for Excellence 700 Pieter Saman Belgium
Medallion for Excellence 700 Janlav-Oidov Jadamba Mongolia
697 Andrew Champion New Zealand
695 David Blank Austria
692 Severin Seiler Switzerland
690 Mahmoud Alnouimi United Arab Emirates
690 Jon Arne Hjelmstadbakk Norway
689 Omkar Virendra Savant India
680 Philippus Terblanche South Africa
677 Joakim Carlsson Sweden
652 Rizal Hafizhi Indonesia
649 Sajad Aljarash Saudi Arabia
644 Alexandr Sagel Kazakhstan
637 Ali Mohamed Kingdom of Bahrain
635 Salman Alshammari Kuwait
633 Jimmy Chipokosa Zambia

How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.