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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 top young aircraft maintenance engineers pit their skills against their peers through National Selection and the National Competition to perhaps earn their place to represent New Zealand at the International competition in Kazan, Russia next year.

WorldSkills is like the Olympics for young tradespeople. The international competitions typically attract over 1,200 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 category at the last three international competitions with amazingly high achievements.

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

National Competition results

  • Gold: Jack Westcott, Air New Zealand, Auckland
  • Silver: Sam Cox, Air New Zealand, Regional (Air Nelson)
  • Bronze: Aaron Mathias, Air New Zealand, Auckland
  • Bronze: Hayden Cleminson, RNZAF, Auckland
  • 5th: Logan Howlett, Air New Zealand, Christchurch
  • 6th: Alex Hill, RNZAF, Auckland
  • 7th: Anthony Chernishoff, Air New Zealand, Christchurch

The competitors were judged over four different skill areas:

Section A was a daily inspection of an aircraft. This section tested the competitor’s ability to interpret publications, inspect an aircraft, determine if it is fit for flight and accurately record any discrepancies in the aircraft’s documentation.

Section B was an aeronautical sheet metal task which tests the competitor’s ability to interpret drawings, bend sheet metal accurately, lay out fasteners and install solid rivets (using a pneumatic riveting gun).

Section C tested the competitor’s ability to replace components on a gas turbine engine and record the maintenance task.

Section D tested the competitor’s ability to inspect a gas turbine hot end using a borescope and record the maintenance task and any defects found.


The winners: Left to right: Aaron Mathias (Bronze), Sam Cox (Silver), Jack Westcott (Gold), Hayden Cleminson (Bronze)

For more photos from the competition check out ServiceIQ Instagram