Ros Wynne wins Gold Medal in Aircraft Maintenance at WorldSkills in Brazil

Ros Wynne representing Ireland was awarded the Gold Medal in Aircraft Maintenance at the WorldSkills 2015 closing ceremony in São Paulo, Brazil on Sunday  August 16th 2015.

The 43rd WorldSkills Competition took place at Anhembi Parque, São Paulo, Brazil from 11 to 16 August 2015.The WorldSkills Competition occurs every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world that truly reflects global industry. The Competitors represent the best of their peers and are selected from skills competitions in WorldSkills Member countries and regions. They demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they study and/or perform in their workplace.

Ros has now made it 4 Gold medals in a row in Aircraft Maintenance for Ireland following the footsteps of Joe Kelly (2013), Colin Callaghan (2011) and Andy Burke (2009).

Ros has completed a four year apprenticeship with the Atlantic Aviation Group in Shannon. Ros completed the off the job training phases of his apprenticeship in the Shannon Training Centre and in D.I.T.

Prior to the competition Ros completed a 10 week intensive training/preparation course under the guidance of Michael Hayes, senior aircraft maintenance Instructor at the Shannon Training Centre.

Michael travelled to Brazil with Ros as the Irish Aviation Skills Expert. This is Michael’s second time representing Ireland at this level, in 2013 he was also successful in coaching Joe Kelly to achieving Gold at the Leipzig Games.

The competition was 22 hours long and tested the competitors in seven modules, including:

  1. Sheet Metal Repair
  2. Flight Control Rigging
  3. Daily Inspection of an Aircraft
  4. Gas Turbine Engine borescope inspection and Hot Section Inspection
  5. Gas Turbine Compressor Inspection and Blade Blending and Polishing
  6. Powered Flying Control Unit removal, inspection, reassembly and rigging.
  7. Fabrication and installation of an Electrical wiring loom and fault finding.

This is a wonderful personal achievement for Ros, it is also proof that Shannon Airport as a location has the training and aircraft maintenance facilities that can compete and win on the world stage.