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Congratulations on making the finals at this year’s Master Electricians Apprentice Challenge 2023!

Whatever the outcome at the end of the final’s competition, you should be exceptionally proud of yourself for achieving top 5 in your category in the country!  Added to that, this year’s Master Electricians Apprentice Challenge 2023 has been the most successful ever with over 310 apprentices competing for the top honours.  What an achievement!


Below is information that you need to know and will begin our communications to you with specific reference to your attendance at the competition.

The finals are being held in Auckland on 24-25 August 2023, you’ll be required to be in Auckland between 23 August 2023 – 26 August 2023.

Throughout the two days you will compete in five 2-hour modules, is designed to test your abilities in areas of the trade including problem solving, following instructions and practical exercises.

How to Prepare

Industrial

To help prepare for the finals, it is recommended to research and prepare for:

  • Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality performance, consider Safe Work Procedures and Personal Protective Equipment
  • Testing and Commissioning installations for livening, including LOTO & Prove Test Prove procedures.
  • Competent in finding faults in a range of wiring systems including lighting systems, power and distribution arrangements, and control circuits.
  • Reading and understanding of electrical drawings is important.
  • Conduit / Cable ladder / Cable Tray / Unistrut – cable support system builds and cable installation (Power and instrument cables).  
  • Familiar with the installation and wiring of Siemens S7-1200 PLC and HMI using Siemens TIA Basic Software, and Siemens G120C variable Speed Drives.
  • NHP switch gear including:
    • MEN systems
    • Surge Protection Device (SPD) with Safe Ground feature
    • Emergency Lighting (EL) Test Unit.
    • Smart Relay Run-On Timer Micro810
    • NHP RCBOs
  • VSD / Safety including e/Stop relay and Allen Bradley PowerFlex 525 VSD with Safe Torque Off (STO) – Wire, configure & test run.
  • Industrial installation power and lighting cable selections

Domestic/Commercial

To help prepare for the finals, it is recommended to research and prepare for:

  • Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality performance, consider Safe Work Procedures and Personal Protective Equipment
  • Testing and Commissioning installations for livening, including LOTO & Prove Test Prove procedures.
  • Competent in finding faults in a range of wiring systems including lighting systems, power and distribution arrangements, and control circuits.
  • Reading and understanding of electrical drawings is important.
  • Familiarising yourself with builder’s temporary supply mains installations and distribution
  • Understanding underground jointing of aluminium and copper conductors as well as insulation and protection methods
  • Wiring and commissioning of Legrand Excel Life Switching Equipment, sockets with USB, and LV & ELV equipment.
    • You can find more information on their website www.Legrand.co.nz
    • Specifically, the wiring and configuring of Legrand Smart products, including Excel Life Smart and Living Now with Netatmo switches, dimmers and outlets.
  • ABB Emergency lighting and test control circuits, ABB EV chargers and load management.
  • Conduit / Cable ladder / Cable Tray / Unistrut – cable support system builds and cable installation (Power and instrument cables).  
  • Domestic/Commercial installation power and lighting cable selections

Schedule

Each competitor must provide the following tools for their own use during the challenge. Basic hand tools including: a multimeter, screwdrivers, pliers, measuring equipment, sockets/spanners, and anything you wish to use for general terminations.

It is recommended to bring your own Insulation Resistance Tester, however there are limited testers available on the day. All specialist tools that are required to complete tasks will be provided.

Wednesday 23 August

10.00am All apprentices arrive at the Grand Millennium Hotel

10.15am We will take you shopping for a suit & tie for the final’s dinner.

12.30pm Return to the Grand Millennium – check into hotel

1.00pm   Depart with judges and other guests for lunch and tour at CSL (Siemens sponsor)

3.30pm   Return to Grand Millennium hotel

4.30pm   Depart hotel for evening events (no partners)

5.00pm   Evening activity followed by dinner

Thursday 24 August

7.00am   Breakfast

8.00am   Day One – Master Electricians Apprentice Challenge 2023 Finals competition commences, Challenge Venue – Grand Millennium – Judges Briefing

8.30am   ROUND 1 – Challenge Commences

10.30am Break for judging, reset modules and morning tea

11.15am ROUND 2 – Challenge Resumes

1.15pm   Break for judging, reset modules and lunch

2.15pm   ROUND 3 – Challenge Resumes

4.15pm   Break for judging, reset modules and pack down – Day One

4.30pm  Day one of the Master Electricians Apprentice Challenge 2023 Finals competition completes

5.00pm   Apprentices & Judges depart for evening activity (partners welcome as spectators)

7.00pm   Apprentices & Judges return to city for an evening meal (partners welcome at own cost)

Friday 25 August

7.00am   Breakfast

8.00am   Day Two – Master Electricians Apprentice Challenge 2023 Finals competition commences, Challenge Venue – Grand Millennium – Judges Briefing

8.30am   ROUND 4 – Challenge Commences

10.30am Break for judging, reset modules and morning tea

11.15am ROUND 5 – Challenge Resumes

1.15pm   Break for judging and lunch

1.45pm   All apprentices assist with pack out

2.30pm   Free time

5.30pm   Meet in pre-function space for photos

6.30pm   Master Electricians Apprentice Challenge 2023 Finals Awards Dinner commences

Saturday 26 August

Apprentices return home unless otherwise advised.

Accommodation & Travel

  • All apprentices will be required to stay at the Grand Millennium Hotel, Mayoral Drive, Auckland
  • Apprentices will have their own rooms and are not required to room share.
  • Except for Wade (travelling from Hokitika who will come in on Tuesday 22 August), we have booked rooms for apprentices to:
    • Check in on Wednesday 23 August
    • Check out Saturday 26 August
    • Three night’s accommodation
  • If an apprentice wishes to extend their stay for additional nights, please advise and we will arrange this for you.  The cost of any additional nights will be charged to the apprentice or employer (dependent on instructions)
  • We will arrange travel to and from the venue.

Dress Code

The dress code for the event is as follows:

Wednesday 23 August 2023

  • Smart casual for the day and evening events

Thursday 24 August 2023

  • During the Day: Suitable work attire in which to compete (there will be further information on this)
  • Evening Event: we will be outdoors for a period of time so warm clothing is required.

Friday 25 August 2023

  • During the Day: Suitable work attire in which to compete (there will be further information on this) – you may wish to change in your down time on Friday afternoon.
  • Evening Event: we will have shopped for your formal wear for the evening – don’t forget shoes & socks.  If partners are coming – the dress code is cocktail.

Videographer/Photographer

When you registered for the Master Electricians Apprentice Challenge 2023 you signed a disclaimer for videography and photography.  Our Marketing Team (and the Etco Marketing Team) will be requesting some time with each of you for filming promotional footage for the Master Electricians Apprentice Challenge 2023.  They will be in touch with you regarding this either leading up to or during the finals competition.

What to bring

  • You will need to bring testing equipment that you are familiar with that can test insulation, continuity, and voltage.
  • You must supply your own tools including the following:
    • Multi-meter
    • Insulation resistance tester
    • Screwdrivers
    • Allen keys
    • Pliers
    • Measuring equipment
    • Small sockets
    • Spanners
    • Levels
    • and anything you wish to use for general terminations.
  • Any specialist tools that are required to complete tasks will be provided.
  • We do have multi-function testers, small socket sets, and hacksaws available, but it is recommended bring equipment you are familiar with.

Personal Protective Equipment

All competitors must always provide and wear their own personal protective equipment during the challenge according to the below list.

Any competitor without the required equipment will not be permitted to start.

  • Safety Glasses
  • Safety boots
  • Gloves
  • Clothing suitable for working around live equipment.

Safe work practises and testing will be required. You will need to bring testing equipment that you are familiar with that can test insulation, continuity, and voltage.

Contact us

If you need to get in touch you can contact the following:

Libby Carson

Event Manager – Challenge

Phone: 027 269 3939

Email: challenge@masterelectricians.org.nz

Quintin Brake

Technical Manager

Phone: 021 914 818 Email: quintin@masterelectricians.org.nz

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