WORKCO welding apprentices geared up to hit the work benches for a heated WorldSkills competition on Friday.
Eight apprentices showcased their overhead, horizontal and flat-position welding skills during the competition at Longerenong College.
They took on seven tasks over seven and a half hours to test the skills learnt throughout their apprenticeships.
Their work will be sent to Ballarat for testing before a winner is announced.
Horsham's Rosevear Engineering second-year apprentice Tom Parry, 19, competed in the WorldSkills competition for the first time.
He will still be eligible to compete in the next WorldSkills competition in 2015.
"A couple of people from work have been in it, so I thought I would too," he said.
"You have to make sure you do every single thing right.
"Because this is only my first competition, I will give it a real crack next time."
WorkCo trainer and assessor Lee Hutchinson said the apprentices' skills had impressed him.
"We have some young apprentices as well as some older, more experienced apprentices, which gave the competition a good mix," he said.
"It is a bit like any competition some guys are a bit nervous.
"It brings them into a discomfort zone and is great for their learning."
Mr Hutchinson thanked Horsham Hydraulics and Onsite Engineering for lending equipment for the competition.