WorldSkills Expert Focus

With WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 now less than two weeks away, we look toward fresh ideas and new perspectives with the final instalment of our Expert Focus series: meeting a young Expert who is set to experience her very first WorldSkills event, while also leading Hungary’s first-ever foray into the Plumbing and Heating skill competition.
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WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 is the first time that a Hungarian competitor will take part in Skill 15, Plumbing and Heating. At the beginning of 2017 the General Director of the Budapest Mechanical Training Managment Center from the commission of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (the main organization of skills education in our country) called to offer me the Expert role. So this will be my first-ever WorldSkills competition experience, and it is a huge honour for me.

Hungary joined WorldSkills International in 2006, but 2017 will be the first time that the country will contest the Plumbing and Heating competition.

I obtained my degree at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 2006, and since then I’ve been an external lecturer for Plumbing and Heating Planning. I started working with my father as an apprentice in our family business, Szikra, and then in 2015 my partner and I established our own firm together. We do planning work in industry, and with employers. At this moment I have different licenses for site management, technical inspections, plus general consultation for Plumbing and Heating construction.

Csilla with her father in 2010, working together in the Szigetvári family Plumbing and Heating business.

In Hungary you will not typically find “Plumbing and Heating” specialists, but rather we have “Building Mechanic” specialists; this is the highest technical qualification and covers gas systems, heating and cooling systems, plus plumbing and sanitation systems. Our plumbing sector is regulated by both Hungarian and European standards. The Hungarian Standards Board is called MSZT, which translates as Magyar Szabványügyi Testület. Also relevant in our sector are directives from MEK – Magyar Építész Kamara – which is the Hungarian Chamber of Architects, and MMK – Magyar Mérnoki Kamara – which is the Hungarian Chamber of Engineers.

Young Hungarian Building Mechanic apprentices in training.

In the Hungarian plumbing industry you must be a competent person, but this is not always controlled ... in reality, there are a lot of nonqualified plumbers working in our country. We do have a special license for gas working, which you need to be retested for every five years. But the same does not exist for the plumbing profession.

Hungarian national Champions on stage at the most recent Szakma Sztár skills competition.

Our national skills competition is called Szakma Sztár, and it is organised by SkillsHungary. Our Test Projects are designed around the branches or modules from our national Building Mechanic qualifications. For the Plumbing and Heating skill I have been responsible for creating a two-day Test Project on the basis of the last WorldSkills Test Project, taken from the Plumbing and Heating competition at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015. Our project included ordering of materials, installation of gas pipework, heating pipework, hot-cold water pipework and all sanitary pipework from different pipetypes (copper, PEX, stainless steel). At the end of the installation, pressure tests were done from all modules. The assessment criteria for our national competition follows the same WorldSkills process and standards.

Ádám Miklósi is set to be the first-ever Hungarian to take part in the WorldSkills Plumbing and Heating competition.

Our Hungarian competitor is Ádám Miklósi, who is 21 years old... a skillful guy with a great family behind him. His father is a great professional technician, and comes from a refrigeration and air conditioning background. Ádám is already a professional Building Mechanic technician, so he has already learnt about and practiced in every branch of our profession.

In preparation for Abu Dhabi, Ádám has been practicing every day for the last five months, and we have based this training around the previous WorldSkills international Test Project. He is based in a training hall alongside another of our Hungarian competitors. As this will be my first WorldSkills competition, I have no preconceptions about what is ahead ... but I am hopeful that with this experience I will be able to make more informed decisions to help evolve our competitions into the future.

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