BCIT students win at 2012 Skills Canada BC competition

Skills Canada Gearbots challenge

The BCIT School of Energy sponsored the Gearbots Engineering Challenge.

Hundreds of high-school and post-secondary students from across British Columbia gathered at Tradex in Abbotsford to compete in the 18th annual BC Skills Competition on April 18. With 40 competition categories ranging from aircraft maintenance to welding, students took on practical challenges designed to test—and prove—that they’ve got the skills to excel in trades and technology occupations.

At the end of the day-long competition, 14 BCIT students emerged with medals after outstanding performances in a variety of categories.

BCIT students dominated in several categories, taking gold, silver, and bronze medals in the CNC Machining division, and top spot in the Cabinetmaking, Plumbing, Precision Machining, and Welding categories.

Gold medal winners qualify for the Skills Canada National Competition, taking place in Edmonton, Alberta from May 13-16, 2012. This event will be especially exciting as medalists from the national competition will qualify to join Team Canada 2013 and compete at the 42nd World Skills Competition in Leipzig, Germany in July 2013.

BCIT winners are as follows:

Carson Warner, gold medal winner in Cabinetmaking.

Cabinetmaking
Carson Warner (gold)

Dylan Phare-Millard, silver medal winner; Stuart Mathers, gold medal winner; and Enrico Toffoli Bronze, bronze medal winner in CNC.

Dylan Phare-Millard, silver medal winner; Stuart Mathers, gold medal winner; and Enrico Toffoli Bronze, bronze medal winner in CNC.

CNC
Stuart Mathers (gold)
Dylan Phare-Millard (silver)
Enrico Toffoli (bronze)

Electrical Wiring
Brittany Arsenault (silver)
Ryder Maguire (bronze)

Brandon Zdrilic, right, placed third in the Industrial Maintenance competition.

Brandon Zdrilic, right, placed third in the Industrial Maintenance competition.

Industrial Maintenance (Millwright)
Brandon Zdrilic (bronze)

Travis Chambers, right, placed third in the Industrial Wiring competition.

Travis Chambers, right, placed third in the Industrial Wiring competition.

Industrial Wiring
Travis Chambers (bronze)

Martin Narkiewicz and Jeremy Richardson

Martin Narkiewicz (left) and Jeremy Richardson (right)

IT – Network Systems Administration
Martin Narkiewicz (silver)
Jeremy Richardson (bronze)

torin archibald

Torin Archibald

Plumbing
Torin Archibald (gold)

L-R: Daniel Singh, silver medal winner, and John Limpo, gold medal winner in Precision Machining.

L-R: Daniel Singh, silver medal winner, and John Limpo, gold medal winner in Precision Machining.

Precision Machining
John Limpo (gold)
Daniel Singh (silver)

Rod Walters (instructor), Ryan Marsh, George Laufman (instructor), David Helman (Chief Instructor)

L-R: Rod Walters, instructor; Ryan Marsh, award-winning student; George Laufman, instructor; David Helman, chief instructor.

Welding
Ryan Marsh (gold)

Gearbot Challenge

The BCIT School of Energy sponsored the Gearbots Engineering Challenge.

Returning to Skills Canada BC for the second year was the BCIT GearBots Engineering Challenge. The School of Energy again sponsored the competition, intended for 9- to 14-year olds. The competition is aimed at inspiring youth to sustain their interests in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The theme of the competition was SMART Farm, a challenging design intended to flex the team’s core engineering skills with more missions and tighter areas with more “no touch zones” than the pilot event last year. Check out the final results.

Congratulations to all!

View more photos of the event.

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2 Responses to BCIT students win at 2012 Skills Canada BC competition

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  2. Michael Grechka says:

    Funny how only BCIT students take all the podium!
    At Kwantlen we did not even know about existence of BC Skills Competition. One would think more than one public institution should participate in such event.
    ps:
    All we get at Kwantlen is 2L milk drink competition after which you can watch spectacular vomitting by participants…

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