The UK's PSV technician competition
IRTE Skills Challenge is an annual competition, taking place in June with our partners, S&B Automotive, to find the engineering stars working in the bus and coach sectors. These sectors tend to not feature in the public imagination, but they are where some of the most modern and complex vehicles can be found.
Modern PSV technicians need traditional mechanical skills but will also need to be able to weld, find faults and diagnose solutions on a complex clean fuel bus. This range of challenges makes them the most versatile operations engineers out there, and the IRTE Skills Challenge celebrates this expertise.
Every June we take over S&B Automotive in Bristol for a week, where over 35 teams of qualified and apprentice PSV engineers compete in a series of electrical, mechanical and bodywork challenges to find the best in bus & coach. The winners are crowned later in the early autumn at an awards ceremony. We welcome entrants any size of organisation - and have had teams from as far away as Singapore.
After a year’s enforced absence, we are delighted to announce that The IRTE Skills Challenge is celebrating its postponed 10th anniversary this year. The event will be held in June, at S&B Automotive Academy in Bristol. S&B Automotive Academy training and education director Richard Belton assures us that “Whatever happens, whether there’s social distancing or not, we can run it. It might be slightly longer, with fewer people there. But we know we can run it and run it well.”
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