Worldclass West Australian work celebrated at Weld Australia’s 2022 Welding Excellence Awards

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Media Release by Weld Austalia

Craftsmanship, quality and professionalism were front and centre last night, with the winners of the 2022 Western Australia Welding Excellence Awards announced in Perth.

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.

This year’s awards saw the best and brightest in WA’s welding industry come together to acknowledge the incredible calibre of work achieved over the past 12 months across the following categories:

  • 2022 Welding Professional of Year Award
  • 2022 Young Trades Person of the Year
  • 2022 Training and Education – Individual Teacher Award
  • 2022 Training and Education – Organisation Award
  • 2022 Company of the Year Award – Fabrication
  • 2022 Company of the Year Award – Gas and Gear

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 WA 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,” Crittenden said.

Matthew Lee from Taylors Engineering and Welding Services was named the 2022 Welding Professional of the Year. With a successful career spanning over 10 years, Matthew is an expert welding quality control and assurance supervisor. He has worked across various industries from mining through to construction, and has attained a high level of skills in a broad range of mechanical and management disciplines.

David Jonas from Bossong Engineering was named the 2022 Young Trades Person of the Year. David completed his apprentice early, and is undertaking additional training that will see him take on the role of Manager of the Bossong PTA division, overseeing several robots and completing jobs for customers in the oil and gas industry. David’s contribution to such a wide scope of work and his attitude towards improving himself make him a deserving winner.

Darren Way from South Metropolitan TAFE received the 2022 Training and Education – Individual Teacher Award. Having been a boilermaker and fabricator for over 20 years, Darren gained extensive hands-on industry experience. A big believer in personal development and a love of mentoring apprentices, saw Darren move into industry training in 2008. All his students and colleagues agree—Darren’s passion for welding and the industry is clear in his teaching.

South Metropolitan TAFE won the 2022 Training and Education – Organisation Award. South Metropolitan TAFE is one of Western Australia’s most diverse training providers. The college offers more than 340 qualifications, including tailored relevant welding and fabrication training. Their facilities are world-class, providing students with hands-on experience in a real-life industry setting.

Monadelphous Group won the 2022 Company of the Year Award – Fabrication. Monadelphous Group makes a significant contribution and ongoing commitment to enhancing the welding and fabrication industry. They have created innovative solutions through research projects, developed a comprehensive apprenticeship program, and boast an excellent safety record.

Coregas won the 2022 Company of the Year Award – Gas and Gear. Coregas is the only Australian industrial gases company. They have operated since 1974, manufacturing gases locally and distributing them throughout Australia and New Zealand via a network of branches and third parties. They supply to a range of industries and sectors including welding and consistently seek to raise the bar in terms of service, quality and value.