Are you the best in bus & coach?

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 summer at an awards ceremony. We welcome entrants any size of organisation - and have had teams from as far away as Singapore.

Skills Challenge news

Skills Challenge - Go, team, go

Last month, the ninth annual IRTE Skills Challenge welcomed 23 teams from 12 companies to the Bristol workshop bays of S&B Automotive Academy

A family affair at IRTE Skills Challenge 2019

Lothian Bus duo Kyle and Peter Mcleod have become the first brothers to compete in the skills competition for bus and coach technicians.

Ceramex and Imperial Engineering confirmed as new sponsors of IRTE Skills Challenge

Ceramex and Imperial Engineering are both putting their support behind the IRTE Skills Challenge 2019 competition for bus and coach technicians and apprentices by becoming new sponsors of the event.


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