Developing the next generation of engineers on a world stage We are delighted that one of our higher level apprentices, Patrick Sheerin, has successfully qualified for the World Skills UK finals for automation.

The automation competition of WordSkills is a practical competition that tests logic, design and fault-finding skills in a challenging environment using automation equipment. To complete the tasks, competitors are expected to apply their theoretical knowledge of fundamental principles of, automation, basic pneumatic and electro-pneumatic technologies and PLC technologies.

The skills that are tested include:

• Designing, building and testing pneumatic, electro-pneumatic circuits and PLC programmes for sequential and non-sequential tasks

• Using appropriate sensors and actuators to build simple automated systems

• Limited mechanical assembly and basic electrical wiring

• Adding new functionality and operations to a given application

• General Impression and function

Patrick achieved top 8 in the UK and top 3 in Northern Ireland against competition from the likes of BMW and Toyota. He has also been selected to compete in Wageningen University, Arnhem, Netherlands, against other students throughout Europe.

Benefits to the Competitor

At every stage of the journey, WorldSkills Competitions contribute to participants’ personal and professional growth or preparation for employment. As well as building on their technical skill set, we help competitors become well-rounded individuals by evolving their professional and personal skills throughout the process.

Benefits to the Employer

As an employer, the competitions are unique in developing the skills that employers need in their workplace. The mix of technical, employability and personal skills is a key strength of the competition model. By having access to global insights and standards, competitors will be stretched to aspire to the higher level skills necessary for individuals to compete in the national and global economy and bring that expertise back into the workplace, enhancing existing processes and systems.

HLA Programme

The AJ Power HLA Programme covers a range of disciplines and between the work required to gain the academic qualification coupled with the day to day work life our apprentices have a lot to manage on a daily basis. Patrick decided to enter the competition in his own time and has put in many hours working towards reaching this stage of the competition. This is testament to his continuous commitment to working life while furthering his academic achievements.

We hope you will join us in wishing Patrick every success as he moves through the competition.

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