Trades Skills Competition In Full Swing at CNC
Duchess Park student Garnet Grenon does some cutting in the cabinetry competition -photos 250News
Prince George, B.C.- It’s trades competition day at the College of New Caledonia, and 40 students from Prince George, McBride and Quesnel are taking part.
The annual competition has secondary and post secondary trades students do their best to replicate a model , or solve a task within a certain time frame. In addition to competition in Welding, Carpentry, Culinary Arts, Automotive, Heavy duty mechanics, Machinist and Cabinetry, there is a special project for nearly 100 elementary school students.
The students from the elementary schools have been tasked with creating wind turbine blades.
Each team’s blade creation is tested to see how much voltage it can create when hit by the air flow from a heavy duty fan. The team that creates the most voltage would win the competition.
Meantime, in cabinetry, students are creating a special step stool. There is stiff competition in this area as last year’s national cabinetry 3rd place finisher Avery Bell
( shown in photo at right ) is doing his best to make it to the nationals again. The Grade 12 student from Correlieu High School in Quesnel says he is applying lessons from last year’s competition to this round “I grew confidence, and (learned) to just take it slow and easy.”
And while the competition is fierce, so is the judging. In Culinary Arts, the College welcomes Garrett Blundell as a skills competition judge. Not only is he a culinary arts alumnus, he has worked in two restaurants owned by chef Gordon Ramsay and is currently the chef de cuisine at the Tableau restaurant in Vancouver.
Last year, there were 22 students who took part in the competition, this year, the number has nearly doubled .
Dean of Trades for CNC , Frank Rossi, says the day will see more than 200 students tour the facility because today is also ‘Trades Day’ at CNC “High School students will be coming through our doors taking a look at our events, learning more about trades and being part of the commotion we want to have during our competition.” Commotion is important says Rossi, as it helps replicate the level of activity and distraction on a work site.
While competitors have their own goals, the College is hoping today’s exposure to the trades will convince some students to decide to enroll for trades training.