Water Technology – a new skill in Worldskills International

Rüdiger Heidebrecht, Patrick Gundert (Competitor) und Hilmar Tetsch (Expert)

Esslingen June 2017

Last week we met in Esslingen to prepare the trip to the Worldskills event in October 2017 in Abu Dhabi.

Worldskills International expects more than 1300 competitors and 150 000 visitors from more than 70 countries. The German Team will sent competitors for 37 skills. This year the new “Water Technolgy Skill” will start and Patrick from Neuwied will be the German competitor. He started his training already and the expert Hilmer is doing a good job to train the young wastewater technician who is in his 2nd year of education. Even the Russian Team came to Stuttgart for a one week training. 

I will travel to Abu Dhabi in October to support the new skill. We need 12 countries to stay in the competition. In Abu Dhabi 5 countries will join. DWA will support this event. There are also some companies like FESTO and Adiro who supports this event. 

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

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Worldskills International supports the new Water Skill

During the last Worldskills International meeting early October 2016 in Canada it was decided to put the “Water Subject” on the new agenda as a new future presentation skill.

We are now looking foreward for the next Worldskills competition which will be in October 2017 in Abu Dhabi.

Germany started 1984 with the occupation in water and trained more than 20.000  people.
In 2002 I was one out of 6 people to write the new curriculum for wastewater technicians.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

1. World University Callenge in Water Technology – my new idea is finally born in Germany


I started in 2010 to create the DWA WaterSkills for Operators – a skill challenge for blue collar workers. After that I was thinking how we could motivate students to visit trade shows and to have fun. In many universities and countries students challenges are commen. I studied other disciplienes and decided to start with a new Water Challenge. There was no one in our German Water Sector. After tests in Shanghai and Mumbai (see the young winners) we started with 18 international teams during IFAT Munich. During two days the teams had to solve 4 disciplines. Team Indonesia won, followed by Iran Team 5 and a team from the University of Stuttgart. 

Supported by companies like DHI, FESTO and Ball and jury members from universities like Berlin, Koblenz and Aachen and Water utilities like Ruhrverband and Berlinwasser make the UC more easy. The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) is the Patronate of the World University Challenge.

Working with young people- itˋs a pleasure. I will extend this challenge in the years to come.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht