Live wire to show skills

Shaun Steiner at work. Picture: Elle Borgward d425700
Shaun Steiner at work. Picture: Elle Borgward d425700

The third-year apprentice electrician, who currently works at Perth Airport with electrical contractor AB Tilbury, said the variety in electrical work sparked his interest.

‘Ever since I was young I always tinkered with electrical stuff,’ he said.

‘I love the variety of work I get given ” there’s all kinds of things you can do in the electrical industry.’

The Mindarie resident has been preparing to represent WA in next week’s WorldSkills Australia national competition after winning gold in the regional competition, which he was nominated for by his employer Electrical Group Training.

The competition will include a speed challenge to wire up a lighting circuit, a domestic installation and an industrial section.

‘Twice a week I go to the college for a couple of hours and practise all sorts of things, like bonding conduits and testing circuits,’ he said.

Mr Steiner said since he started his apprenticeship he had done domestic and a lot of commercial work, and preferred the latter.

‘I want to one day do instrumentation and work with programmable logic controllers,’ he said.

‘It’s basically like a set of switches that you can program on a laptop ” like smart wiring in a way.’

The 2014 WorldSkills Australia national competition will run from September 18 to 20. It is the first time it has been held in Perth since 1989.

It will coincide with the annual Skills West Expo and 60 West Australians, including eight vocational and education and training students, will compete in a range of trades.

Other northern suburbs competitors include brick-layer Nicholas Coci (Carabooda) and plasterer Luke Montford (Clarkson).