Cummins technician wins top award

Posted: September 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

James Ripa with Cummins NSW apprentice master Raman Badekar.

Cummins Wetherill Park (Sydney) technician James Ripa has won Australia’s highest award made to heavy vehicle mechanics.

When he started his apprenticeship, winning a Worldskills Gold medal wasn’t one of the things on his mind.

All he wanted to do was learn as much as he could to become a good heavy vehicle mechanic. He worked harder and harder and got better and better day by day.

He won several awards throughout his apprenticeship but in Sydney recently he took out the top award – the Worldskills Australia National Gold Medal in the Heavy Vehicle Mechanic category.

This was after three days of competition in which he had to complete projects on electronic diesel engine management, engine reconditioning, electrics, hydraulics, transmissions and braking systems.

James paid tribute to all his workmates and management at Cummins Wetherill Park branch and TAFE for the numerous training opportunities which gave him the skills, knowledge and experience to become a winner against very strong competition.

James became a fully qualified technician in June 2011 after achieving early competency-based completion of his apprenticeship.

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