Worker at Indonesian firm wins welding contest, beating rivals from Japan firms

19, Oct. 2018

JAKARTA, NNA – An Indonesian welder from a local company for the first time overtook those working for Japanese firms in a contest hosted annually by fuel supplier Iwatani Corp. to contribute to economic development in the country.

The third annual competition also awarded international certificates to five participants whose work met the standards of the International Institute of Welding.

“This is the first time the Professional Certification Institute (LSP) has issued certificates at the competition,” said Edi Diarman, executive director of the Indonesian Welding Society.

LSP also plans to hold a similar contest on a national scale in the next two years to certify more Indonesian welders. Of the 150,000 Indonesians working in the trade, only 10,000 are currently certified.

“The Indonesian government requires workers to have a professional certificate. Therefore, LSP has a target to issue more than 800 certificates this year and 1,500 certificates next year,” Edi said.

PT Iwatani Industrial Gas Indonesia, a local subsidiary of Iwatani Corp., and the Indonesian Welding Society announced the results of the 2018 contest in Jakarta on Wednesday.

“We hope Iwatani can contribute to promoting economic growth in Indonesia along with the increase in welding workers in Indonesia,” Mitsuhiro Tanimoto, president of Iwatani Corp., told the audience.

This year, 141 welders participated from 77 companies based in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi and East Java. Participants first had to clear a series of preliminary tests.

After the first round, 40 people from 30 companies moved on to the second stage. They were from 17 Japanese companies and 13 non-Japanese firms.

Out of the 40 finalists, the top three won awards, including trophies, certificates, cash and free training trips to Japan.

The top welder came from a non-Japanese company, the first since the contest began three years ago.

“This is the first welding contest for me,” said Ramadhani Lutfi Muktafi, a 21-year-old welder at PT United Tractors Pandu Engineering. “I’ve loved this job since majoring in welding engineering at a vocational high school.”