5 November, 2018
Third year Bradken/MIGAS apprentice Boilermaker Corey Clare from our Mt Thorley, AUS workshop and experienced Welder Fitter David Burke from our foundry facility in Tacoma, USA are in Japan this week representing Bradken at the 15th Hitachi Construction Machinery International Skills Competition.
The competition is held at the HCM Kasumigaura Institute (Training Center).
It aims to motivate employees of HCM Group companies by placing them in a competitive environment where they can put their skills to the test while contributing to the improvement of their particular field of work across the group.
The competition features eight competitive categories:
- Robot welding
David and Corey will both participate in the welding category alongside representatives from HCM Group companies around the world.
With 42 years’ experience under his belt, David said it meant a lot to be selected for this event.
“I consider it an honour to be selected to represent Bradken and will do my best to represent the company,” said David.
“I’ve never been to Japan before, but in the past my wife and I have hosted Japanese exchange students. I think visiting Japan and taking in the culture will be a great experience.”
Corey said he was looking forward to representing Bradken and the Mt Thorley site at the event.
“It’s the chance of a lifetime to be able to attend the competition,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to experiencing manufacturing in a different country and seeing how people from other industries do their work – it’s an experience I’d never be exposed to normally.”