Lismore-born young engineer Kelvin Marquand prepares to enter the engineering team challenge at the international WorldSkills competition.
Lismore-born young engineer Kelvin Marquand prepares to enter the engineering team challenge at the international WorldSkills competition. Contributed

Clever Kelvin to show off his engineering skill in Brazil

LISMORE fitter and turner Kelvin Marquand has made the cut in more ways than one.

The young apprentice has beaten hundreds of his peers to win an all-expenses-paid trip to compete against some of the world's best engineers in Brazil.

To make the Skillaroos team at the 43rd WorldSkills competition, Mr Marquand went through a rigorous contest in which he had to build a working steam turbine from scratch.

He cut the turbine blade with a hacksaw and received a score of 97.5 - five points higher than any other contestant, despite being the only competitor who has not yet completed his apprenticeship.

Mr Marquand was shortlisted for the competition in November, but only just received final word he made the team.

He grew up on his parents' farm in Lismore before moving to Ballarat in Victoria for work.

He has since shifted to Sydney to focus on his training ahead of the August competition that brings together 59 countries to find the top tradespeople in the world.

"It's been a big change, but it will be for the better. I've got a lot out of it," Mr Marquand said.

"I've taken four months off work so I could move to Sydney for training.

"I'm looking for part-time work but training is my priority at the moment."


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