Bright spark David Baron has been recognised for his skill and enthusiasm as a welder to be named Apprentice of the Year.
David, 20, who works for Miller UK in Cramlington, has been honoured by the Northumbria branch of the Welding and Joining Society
He has been studying for a City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in engineering at Northumberland College in Ashington and has performed so well that he completed it six months early.
David was nominated for the award by his college lecturers Keith Temperly and Keith Reynolds.
David, from Blyth, said: "It was an honour to be nominated Apprentice of the Year and I am extremely proud to have actually won the award."
David's success follows that of Jonathan Fitton, another Miller UK employee who won the Apprentice of the Year title for 2005/06.
Stephen Brown, production manager at Miller UK, one of the world's leading manufacturers of buckets and attachments for earth moving equipment, said: "It's a pleasure to work with David. He has been dedicated and determined to learn his trade and has done a great job getting there. He is a great role model for our other apprentices."
The Welding and Joining Society is an activity of the professional division of The Welding Institute.
The Northumbria branch covers Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham.