Eastleigh college apprentice picks up practical refrigeration skills gold
The 2018 winner of the SkillFRIDGE practical refrigeration competition has been announced as Dominic Dray of Royale Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, trained by Eastleigh College.
Mr Dray, who now can enter the selection process to represent his trade on the WorldSkills international stage, said: “It’s given me confidence as it’s shown me that I know more than I thought. It was definitely worth taking part for that reason and also meeting more people from the industry. Winning gold is a great feeling.”
Chandler Davison of Thermocold was awarded the silver medal. He said: “The competition is tough. It’s a great way to see how you fare against your peers and learn what makes a good engineer.”
Bronze was awarded to Sam Gills from Star Refrigeration.
Each finalist faced three air conditioning and refrigeration tasks designed to assess competence in building and commissioning, repairing and testing, and pipework and brazing, as well as electrical skills and safe working practice.
Lead judge Mark Forsyth said: “This year evolved to incorporate elements of the new City & Guilds 6090 standard. This a test of essential subject matter knowledge, the application of key industry skills, and goes further than many expect by incorporating flame brazing standards.”
The competition, open to apprentices studying up to Level 3 in RACHP, was boosted by a number of manufacturers donating free equipment.