RMIT graduate Luke Faccin has won gold at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne, a showcase of the country’s best emerging talent across more than 60 skill areas.
A graduate of the Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering, Faccin competed in the three-day intensive challenge as part of the IT Network Systems Administration division.
Given a laptop, a brief and a list of programs to integrate, he was tasked with setting up a suitable network system from scratch for a small-to-medium business.
Over the course of the challenge, Faccin had to follow best practice to configure an email server, set up device monitoring for service issues, provision firewalls, install phone systems, provide single sign-on to users and more – all on the Linux platform.
He said the emphasis on practical training at RMIT provided him with a great foundation for both his career and the WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne.
“I’m now working in the industry for Melbourne-based MSP Multimode IT and have found the versatile training provided by RMIT to be an advantage when working with an array of technical and business requirements,” he said.
Faccin is one of 100,000 young Australians who have participated in the annual WorldSkills event since it started 35 years ago.
This year, teams battled at state level before coming to Melbourne to compete for the national title and the chance to represent Australia in the international competition in Abu Dhabi next year.
Steven Herbert, Victorian Minister for Training and Skills, was cheering for the locals.
“The 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne is a great opportunity for Victorians of all ages to show off their high quality training and to go and see training in action,” Herbert said.
“This Government is ensuring Victorians get the high quality training they need for the real jobs of today and tomorrow.”
RMIT is renowned for its applied learning approach, taught within a hands-on and practical learning environment.
At the WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne, RMIT was also represented by a team of students who highlighted their skills in mechatronics, as well as individual student participants who competed in plumbing and IT network systems administration.
Story: Jen Paynter