Perth-based telecommunications tradesman Cameron Rolfe has proven his cabling skills by winning Australia and the South Pacific’s highest achievement award for technicians, the BICSI South Pacific Industry Skills Challenge.
The BICSI South Pacific Industry Skills Challenge was held in Sydney in May, when Darling Harbour played host to the 2015 BICSI South Pacific 2015 Conference.
The grand final for the Industry Skills Challenge was held as part of the conference exhibition, at the booth of training provider JB Hunter.
Cameron, of Datatel WA, had already competed in and won the Western Australian qualifying heat during April. In the Grand Final Cameron competed against two other finalists from NSW and NZ in structured cabling, and optical fibre and commissioning practical exercises.
Cameron was required to demonstrate a high level of telecommunications expertise as a technician to win the grand final. His skills have been honed in a workplace that encompasses not only data including outside plant and LAN, but also customer premises cabling, audio, video and automation systems.
Cameron’s employers at Datatel are thrilled with this result and claim he gained the practice from one of their recent significant projects on the Perth University of WA Communications Network Upgrade. This project also took out an award for ICT Infrastructure Installation at the conference.
As the winner of this special award, Cameron will now compete in the BICSI International Cabling Skills Challenge in Florida, US in February 2016, to determine the ‘world’s best cabler’.
BICSI is a global not-for-profit association supporting cabling design and installation professionals. BICSI strives to provide information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals in the information and communications technology community.
BICSI recognises high achievement in the telecommunications industry with international awards offered annually in the ‘Skills Challenge’, the ‘ICT Designer of the Year’ and the ‘ICT Infrastructure Installation of the Year’.
This BICSI Skills Challenge is an annual event and the organising committee is already on the lookout for the next participants.