Winning vote heralds next gen engineers

When Michael Barraclough of Fisher & Paykel Healthcare visited EMEX he was envious of some of the “awesome kit” that was on offer. He has been wanting to start “a number of projects” at home but didn’t have the tools for the builds.

But after submitting a vote in the Great Kiwi Engineering Competition his desires have been answered.

“I was in a state of shock when I got the call,” says Michael. “A welder is the sort of thing you really want, but you know, you have to put the cash down. I just thought (when entering the competition) it would be just such a great thing to have.

“When Engineering News rang me up and told me I’d won I was just blown away. Unfortunately now that means that everything in the garage is going to be cut apart and projects are going to be going on in every direction,” he laughs.

Michael Kingston, NZEN’s new business manager (left), presents the new Cigweld welder to Michael Barraclough

Michael goes to EMEX most years and, “really enjoyed it this year,” with the welder capping off things immensely.

Michael won the WeldSkill 180 TradePack from Cigweld.

The WeldSkill 180 is a single-phase welding inverter with a user-friendly control panel, practical push button operation for mode selection, clearly visible LED indicators and sturdy large control knob. The TradePack included a carry bag, WeldSkill belmet (blue), welding gloves, chipping hammer, wire brush, 1KG GP electrodes. The unit is affordable, compact and light-weight and the WeldSkill 180 is a great addition to the shed ensuring the ultimate portability for the home handyman, tradesman, farmer or maintenance worker.

Michael will be taking the unit home to train up the next generation of engineer (his sons).