Picture: Bruce Treganowan, TAFE Illawarra Teacher and WorldSkills Trainer, with competitor Daniel Smith.
TAFE Illawarra’s Daniel Smith is preparing to take on the country’s best ‘frigies’ at the WorldSkills Australia Refrigeration Competition at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 17 – 19 May.
Daniel will be competing against nine competitors, all of whom will have just 18 hours across the three days to demonstrate that they have the best skills and knowledge of refrigeration and air conditioning in the country.
While it’s his first time competing at the national level, Daniels says he’s feeling confident.
“I’ve been training for four months, both on-the-job with my employer Elite Air in Batemans Bay and on campus with my Trainer and TAFE Illawarra Teacher, Bruce Treganowan.
“To make sure I’m ready for the pressures of the competition, my training plan has included timed practice runs doing the type of work I’ll need to deliver across the three days.
“This includes things like diagnosing faults with airconditioning and refrigeration systems, refrigerant charging, installing components and testing a system from scratch.”
"I'm definitely up for the challenge,” he says.
TAFE Illawarra Teacher and Daniel’s Trainer, Bruce Treganowan, says: “I’m very impressed with how Daniel has progressed through his training.
“Daniel’s diagnostic skills are his strongest asset.
“He’ll be facing stiff competition, but I believe in his skills and ability. He’s done the hard work and I know he’ll do well.”
The stakes are high: Not only are the competitors aiming for national gold, the winner will also receive a trip to the annual Chillventa Exhibition in Germany and a chance to represent Australia as a Skillaroo at the 44th WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi next year.
The National Refrigeration Competition is the culmination of close to a year of hard work and dedication for these talented young people. Their journey began at WorldSkills Australia Regional Competitions held across the country when close to 100 young hopefuls stepped up to the plate.