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CityJet apprentice wins gold for Ireland at Worldskills 2011

Colin Callaghan, an apprentice aircraft engineer at CityJet
Colin Callaghan

Thursday 27th October 2011.

Colin Callaghan, an apprentice aircraft engineer at CityJet, won a gold medal in Aircraft Maintenance for Ireland at WorldSkills 2011, London.  The event, which garnered hundreds of entries from 51 countries around the world, saw Callaghan beat off stiff competition from Finland, the UK, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands and France to collect his gold at London’s O2 arena in front of a capacity crowd.

Callaghan, who comes from Drogheda, Co. Louth, recently completed his 4-year engineering apprenticeship with CityJet as well as an intensive 10-week WorldSkills training course at the Dublin Institute of Technology.  The WorldSkills 2011 Aircraft Maintenance competition was 22 hours long and tested the competitors in seven modules, including:

  • Sheet Metal Repair
  • Flight Control Rigging
  • Daily Inspection of an Aircraft
  • Gas Turbine Engine borescope inspection and Hot Section Inspection
  • Gas Turbine Compressor Inspection and Blade Blending and Polishing
  • Powered Flying Control Unit removal, inspection, reassembly and rigging
  • Fabrication and installation of an Electrical wiring loom and fault finding


Callaghan was selected to go forward to the WorldSkills 2011 finals after coming first in the National Skills Competition in April for Aircraft Maintenance.

The WorldSkills 2011 finals took place in October in London and included 46 different industry sectors under the umbrella themes of Transportation and Logistics; Construction and Building Technology; Manufacturing and Engineering Technology; ICT; Creative Arts and Fashion; Social and Personal Services. 

Says Colin Callaghan, Trainee, CityJet, ‘I couldn’t believe it when I won!  I’m sure no Olympic athlete could feel more proud than I do right now. I’d like to thank all of my colleagues at CityJet, the staff at the DIT and those at FAS Shannon for helping me to win gold for Ireland.  I couldn’t have done it without their guidance and faith in my abilities.’

Says Craig Caffrey, Line Maintenance Manager, CityJet, ‘We’re over the moon for Colin.  He’s worked incredibly hard throughout his apprenticeship at CityJet and his fantastic work ethic and dedication has paid off for him.  Colin’s accolade speaks volumes about the quality of the entire maintenance team here, whose dedication to their jobs helped Colin enormously in achieving his goal.  CityJet’s commitment to excellence, safety and standards is justified by Colin’s gold medal.’

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