ELLENBROOK welder Aaron Purdy has proved himself the brightest spark in his field.
The 25-year-old was last month named the Welding Technology Institute of Australia’s Young Tradesperson of the Year.
The award recognises an apprentice who has made significant progress in their welding career.
“I have worked really hard over the last few years to develop my skills in the trade,” Mr Purdy said.
“I knew this year was the last year I was eligible to enter so I put everything in to my application and completed hours upon hours of extra-curricular work.”
Specialising in welding with titanium, tantalum, duplex and heat-treated material, Mr Purdy has worked all over Australia and in areas of the Philippines, New Caledonia and Madagascar.
“It was actually my work in the Philippines that gave me the edge I needed to win this award,” he said.
“I gained invaluable managerial experience from the job and was responsible for the entire project and work crew, from start to end – that really put me ahead of the competition when applying.”
The award caps off a stellar few years for Mr Purdy who has competed in the highly-regarded WorldSkills competition for the last five years, reaching three national finals and taking home three gold medals.
Mr Purdy was a student at Polytechnic West’s Midland campus for many years and acknowledged his teachers and lecturers.
“They’ve all supported me from start to finish, putting in the extra effort when I needed it and allowing me to do extra work to hone my skills,” he said.
“It’s very rewarding and satisfying to know that all that has now paid off.”