Tradies Battle It Out


Tradie Battle Football Machines that kick goals, port-a-loos that can withstand cyclones, desks that defy gravity and toolboxes that won’t buckle under monster trucks – these are the challenges faced by three teams of tradies battling it out in the ultimate tradie title fight.

Tradie Vs is a Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) competition featuring teams from Thompson Building Group, McNab and WorldSkills Australia who competed in four unconventional challenges that tested their technical skills, teamwork and creativity.

The videos – seen below – showcase present the journey of each team, beginning with Tradie Vs Tropical Storm which saw the group build a port-a-loo capable of standing strong in the face of a cyclone (160km/hr wind machine and a 400 litre/minute water gun).

In the second challenge, Tradie Vs Gravity the teams build an office desk complete with a computer, phone, paperwork, lamp, photo frame and a  coffee cup. In a twist, the objects are required to stay fixed to the desk when  flipped upside down by a crane.

Tradie Vs Brute Force challenges the contestants to construct the ultimate toolbox, tough enough to survive the full weight of a 4.5 tonne monster truck.

In the final challenge, Tradie Vs Football, the teams were asked to build a mechanism with the capacity to kick a football through rugby league posts with the aim to kick the longest goal.

Queenslanders are invited to watch the construction combatants do battle below and visit to  vote for the best team in each challenge.


Carpentry apprentice Steve Webster said the competition had brought the best out in the competitors.

“The Tradie Vs challenges were unlike anything we had attempted before but the teams were able to come up with some clever solutions to tricky problems.

“It shows just how adaptable the skills you learn in the construction industry are and the different ways you can apply them.

“Not all of our designs survived the testing, but we think people will enjoy watching some pretty spectacular footage,” he said.

CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said he hoped the competition would help attract new building and construction industry entrants.

“The Tradie Vs competition shows the construction industry is not just about hammers and nails. It’s a dynamic, fast-paced industry which suits those who enjoy problem solving and can think outside the box.”

Voting for the competition closes at 5pm on Friday 5 December. The competition winners will be announced later that evening at the 2014 CSQ Excellence Awards in Brisbane. The winning team will receive an engraved trophy along with industry respect and bragging rights.

Those interested in exploring a career in construction can find out more  at or by contacting the CSQ team on 1800 798 488.


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Tom Haynes

Tom is the founder and publisher of Tools Trades Toys. He has been working as an editor and producing content for the trades for around five years. He loves to tell a good story.

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