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Gold Medal for Ireland in Aircraft Maintenance at WorldSkills

Posted: 17 August, 2015

Ros Wynne representing Ireland was awarded the Gold Medal in Aircraft Maintenance at the WorldSkills 2015 closing ceremony in São Paulo, Brazil.

The 43rd WorldSkills Competition, which took place in São Paulo  from 11 to 16 August 2015, is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world that truly reflects global industry. The Competitors represent the best of their peers and are selected from skills competitions in WorldSkills Member countries and regions. They demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they study and/or perform in their workplace.

Dubliner Ros is working with Atlantic Aviation Group in Shannon and has recently completed Phase 6 of the Aircraft maintenance Apprenticeship at Dublin Institute of Technology.   His success has meant that Ireland has won  4 Gold medals in a row in Aircraft Maintenance – the last three winners were Joe Kelly (2013), Colin Callaghan (2011) and Andy Burke (2009).

The competition in Brazil was 22 hours long and tested the competitors in seven modules, including:

  1. Sheet Metal Repair 
  2. Flight Control Rigging 
  3. Daily Inspection of an Aircraft 
  4. Gas Turbine Engine borescope inspection and Hot Section Inspection 
  5. Gas Turbine Compressor Inspection and Blade Blending and Polishing 
  6. Powered Flying Control Unit removal, inspection, reassembly and rigging. 
  7. Fabrication and installation of an Electrical wiring loom and fault finding

Ivan Sheridan, Training and Examinations Manager (Part 147) in the DIT School of Transport Engineering, Environment and Planning, welcomed the good news.  “I would like to congratulate Ros on his magnificent achievement.  Ros worked diligently throughout the 4 years of his apprenticeship and the hard work he had put in during training prior to attending the competition has paid off.  He was selected to go forward to the WorldSkills 2015 finals after coming first in the IrelandSkills Competition for Aircraft Maintenance.  All of us that are involved in Aircraft Maintenance Training & Education are extremely proud of his efforts and achievement on a World Stage!”