Welding industry peak body Weld Australia announced the winners of the Victorian and Tasmanian Welding Excellence Awards at an event on Thursday evening.
The awards highlight world-class work performed by welders, fabricators and educators in the industry, according to Weld Australia.
“This year’s Victorian and Tasmanian winners feature businesses and people committed to the pursuit of innovative, sustainable solutions that minimise risk and maximise project outcomes, as well as initiatives designed to increase the breadth and depth of skilled labour within the welding sector,” said the organisation’s CEO Geoff Crittenden.
A list of award winners from the event, held at a dinner at Box Hill Golf Club, has been reproduced below.
UNEEK received the 2022 Project of the Year Award for the Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System (EODAS). This system provides a 360-degree sensor suite for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and gives F-35 pilots unprecedented situational awareness to operate and navigate safely in any environment. In 2019, the manufacturer of the F35 joint strike fighter retendered the EODAS system, and UNEEK won the opportunity to manufacture the new coil for this advanced flight system.
Hofmann Engineering received the 2022 Company of the Year Award – Fabrication. Since 1969, Hofmann Engineering has provided specialist engineering services to Australia’s industry leaders with a total focus on quality control in every aspect of manufacture, customer service and on time delivery. Their accreditation to ISO 3834 and EN 15085—among others—complements their total quality culture, and has seen them cement themselves as industry leaders.
Chisholm Institute received the 2022 Victorian Training and Education – Organisation Award. As one of Victoria’s premier public vocational education and training providers, Chisholm Institute has worked diligently with the manufacturing industry over many years, and pride themselves on a record of providing quality education and training programs for the industry. In the last 12 months, their relationship with SEMMA, AMTIL and Ai Group has further reinforced Chisholm’s desire to support the industry and deliver ‘short and sharp’ training programs to up-skill participants and help fill the growing skills gaps faced by the industry.
Incat Tasmania received the 2022 Tasmanian Training and Education – Organisation Award. Training is an integral element of Incat’s success. Incat has a small, highly effective training team whose core focus is providing internal non-accredited training. In the 2022 financial year, approximately 75% of Incat employees attended training—equivalent to 900 hours of training per month.
Other 2022 Welding Excellence Award winners included:
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