Queensland and Northern Territory Innovation Shines at the 2022 Welding Excellence Awards

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Media Release by Weld Australia

Craftsmanship, quality and professionalism were front and centre last night, with the winners of the 2022 Queensland and Northern Territory Welding Excellence Awards announced in Brisbane.

Weld Australia’s Excellence Awards are the most prestigious event on the welding industry calendar. The Awards showcase and celebrate the world-class work being undertaken by local welders, fabricators and industry educators.

According to Weld Australia’s CEO, Geoff Crittenden, “Weld Australia’s 2022 Welding Excellence Awards celebrate the incredible work of Australia’s welders and fabricators. The Awards recognise and reward professionals whose dedication, skill, and teamwork speak for themselves.”

“This year’s winners from Queensland and the Northern Territory 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,” Crittenden said.

JRS Manufacturing Group received the 2022 Queensland Company of the Year Award – Fabrication. Established in 2011, JRS Manufacturing Group specialises in fabrication consultation and construction of plate, pipe and structural steel products. Quality is defined on paper, in people and across every product delivery at JRS Manufacturing Group. JRS recently established their own Skills Academy. An Australian-first hybrid learning framework, the JRS Skills Academy will help strengthen the local advanced manufacturing ecosystem.

A&B Welding received the 2022 Northern Territory Company of the Year Award – Fabrication. Established in 1986, A&B Welding has extensive experience in the manufacture and welding of specialised materials, and is a leading supplier to the oil and gas, petrochemical, power generation, construction, defence and mining industries. They were the first company in Australia to obtain ISO 3834: Part 2 Accreditation in 2005, and have held it continuously since. What sets A & B Welding apart is its commitment to be a quality and client focussed business.

Bridgeman received the 2022 Indigenous Company of the Year Award. Bridgeman is a 25 year old proud Indigenous owned, operated and Supply Nation certified company that offers a highly experienced team with leading-edge capability in the areas of advanced metal manufacturing and construction. They are committed to providing leadership, support, opportunity, and encouragement to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader community.

The Outsource Institute received the 2022 Training and Education – Organisation Award. Founded in 1998, the Outsource Institute has provided quality vocational engineering qualifications and advanced specialised technical skills for over 20 years for the Mining, Defence, Manufacturing, Civil and Engineering sectors both domestically and internationally. They take an innovative approach that features industry collaborations, accreditations and pathways that improve access to education and address the ongoing skills shortages across a variety of industries.

Ventia received the 2022 Project of the Year Award for the Greenfield Construction Project. This project for a large CSG company required Ventia to engage and manage multiple contractors for all aspects of the construction including earthworks, piling, civil, electrical and instrumentation. In order to increase efficiency in the field, the team identified early on how best to split the welding between workshop welds and site-based welds. Ventia performed all pipe installation, field welding and bolt ups.

Other award winners included:

  • Coregas received the 2022 Company of the Year Award – Gas and Gear.
  • Tasvir Singh from TAFE Queensland (East Coast) received the 2022 Training and Education – Individual Teacher Award.
  • Rod Clarke from Berg Engineering was named the 2022 Queensland Welding Professional of Year – Welding Coordinator.
  • Grant Ryan from A&B Welding was named the 2022 Northern Territory Welding Professional of Year – Welding Coordinator.
  • Rachel Abbot from Downer was named the 2022 Welding Professional of Year – Welding Inspector.
  • Kohan Hanby from Hanby Welding and Engineering was named the 2022 Young Trades Person of the Year.
  • Hayden Fox from Bridgeman was named the 2022 Young Indigenous Trades Person of the Year.
  • Abhishek Trivedi from Rheinmetall Defence Australia received the 2022 CEO’s Award for an Outstanding Welding Engineer.