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2018 WorldSkills New Zealand


Congratulations to all the competitors at the 2018 WorldSkills New Zealand​ Aircraft Maintenance Engineer category at the National Selection, held late June.

WorldSkills is an exciting and challenging trade skills competition where you can pit your skills against other high performing aircraft maintenance engineers at the National competition in July and perhaps even represent New Zealand at the International competition in Russia next year.

WorldSkills is like the Olympics for young tradespeople. The international competitions typically attract over 1200 competitors from over 60 nations competing in 50 plus skills. Over 250,000 visitors attend the competitions.

New Zealand has competed in the Aircraft Maintenance skill at the last three international competitions with amazingly high achievements.

  • 2013 in Leipzig, Germany, Silver Medal, LAC Mike West RNZAF
  • 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Medallion of Excellence. LAC Chris Robertson RNZAF, and
  • 2017 in Abu Dhabi, Gold Medal, Jarrod Wood, Air New Zealand

The New Zealand competition programme will include:

  • National competition in Hamilton 10–11 October 2018 to select a competitor to represent New Zealand in Russia, and
  • International competition in Kazan August 2019

The skill areas tested include; metal skin repair, composite inspection, component replacement, electrical wiring, engine borescope inspection, and aircraft daily inspection.

National Selection results

1st: Hayden Cleminson, Royal New Zealand Air Force​ 6 Squadron, Auckland

2nd: Logan Howlett, Air New Zealand​, Christchurch

3rd: Sam Cox, Air New Zealand Regional, Nelson.

Well done to all competitors:

  • Alex Hill, RNZAF Maintenance Support Squadron, Ohakea
  • Anthony Chernishoff, Air New Zealand, Christchurch
  • Aaron Matthias, Air New Zealand, Auckland
  • Max Connolly, Air New Zealand Regional, Nelson
  • Oliver Perks, Air New Zealand Regional, Nelson
  • Harry Jewitt, RNZAF Maintenance Support Squadron, Ohakea
  • Jack Westcott, Air New Zealand, Auckland

For photos from the competition check out the ServiceIQ Instagram


WorldSkills Regionals 2018