Chris Bailie has won Silver in the Refrigeration and Air conditioning category at the Skills ‘Olympics ‘WorldSkills 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The Silver comes at the climax of years of regional heats, national finals, team selection, and gruelling hours of intense training to get them to world class standard.
More than 200,000 spectators attended the four-day event, which closed with a glittering ceremony where the results were announced.
Mr Bailie, an installer for Belfast-based BL Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, came joint second with a score of 532 points behind Pei-Ho Juan of Chinese Tapei.
Jianwei Zhong of China also won Silver, while Brock Miesner of the US and Marc-Antoine Bettez of Canada won Bronze.
The industry is now being urged to help fund and support the UK heats for the next WorldSkills, which are due to take place within the ACR Show next February.
According to WorldSkills, the competitors in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning competition were judged on their ability to perform the following tasks:
- Refrigeration pipe-work
- Electrical wiring
- Component and system installation
- Commissioning and adjustment
- Fault finding
- Repair and part replacement
- Refrigerant recovery and control
- Work practices and safety