HARD WORK: The CS Energy competitors, judges and support crew celebrate after the event.
HARD WORK: The CS Energy competitors, judges and support crew celebrate after the event.

Callide workers win big at trade awards

TWO apprentices from the Callide Power Station won three medals at the WorldSkills regional competition in Gladstone recently.

Mace Bongers and Nathan Dodds, from CS Energy, were among more than 80 apprentices who battled it out at the CQUniversity Rockhampton and Gladstone campuses in the categories of automotive mechanical, heavy vehicle mechanical, electrical installation, electrical control, fitting, turning and construction steelwork.

Participants had to display relevant trade area skills, such as locating a series of faults in electrical panels or vehicles, making a project from steel, fitting, turning and welding skillets.

The winners were announced at a presentation night in Gladstone on October 17 with representatives from CS Energy, NRG, Rio Tinto Yarwun, Gladstone Ports Corporation, Queensland Alumina Limited and Boyne Smelters Ltd in attendance.

Mace Bongers picked up two medals — gold in the turning event and bronze in fitting, and Nathan Dodds won gold in the fitting competition.

CS Energy acting organisational capability manager Rob Armstrong congratulated Nathan and Mace on their wins.

“This is a fantastic achievement for Mace and Nathan and highlights both the depth of their skills and the quality of the training they receive at CS Energy,” Mr Armstrong said.

“I don’t know who was more excited on the evening — the apprentices or their supervisors.”

Mr Armstrong also acknowledged Callide’s Zackary Ninness, who competed in the electrical control event.

“Zackary’s ability to problem-solve and adapt his trade skills was highly commended by the judges,” he said.

Under WorldSkills age eligibility rules, Mace will be considered for an invitation to compete at the WorldSkills national competition in early 2020.

As Nathan is not age eligible to progress to the national competition, the silver medallist in his event will be considered for the Nationals.