High school trades workers compete at Westview Secondary

Brayden Hollywood and Emily Hamilton from Samuel Robertson Technical share a mid-competition laugh in the Skills Canada cabinet making contest at Westview Secondary. (Ronan O’Doherty-THE NEWS)
Kennedie Shannon tinkers with a Honda engine in the auto portion of the contest. (Ronan O’Doherty - THE NEWS)
Port Moody Secondary’s Jeffrey Jie takes a close look at the tool caddy he is tasked with constructing. (Ronan O’Doherty - THE NEWS)
Westview Secondary’s Caleb Woodruffe looks under a Honda Civic hood to diagnose a problem while an inspector looks on. (Ronan O’Doherty - THE NEWS)
Westview Secondary’s Luke Palmer is all about precision has he uses calipers to figure out a brake issue in the auto competition. (Ronan O’Doherty - THE NEWS)

A selection of the handiest local students took part in the Skills Canada BC regional competition at Westview Secondary Friday.

Contestants competed in one of two disciplines: auto service or cabinet making.

Greg Erho, instructor for BCIT School of Transportation at Westview was overseeing the six students taking part in the auto competition.

“It’s a ton of work but it’s nice to see the students enjoy it,” he said.

“It challenges them, and all the stuff they’ve been learning since September they’re putting into practice.”

Stations for electrical tests, brake inspection, compressing testing, and valve adjustment were set up in the school’s auto department. The competitors – who were being timed – had inspectors on hand to ensure they were following correct protocol.

‘They’re forced to read the information, interpret it and then put [their knowledge] into action,” said Erho.

Two rooms over, Andy Strothotte, a wood working teacher at Westview, kept an eye on the six competitors in the cabinet making contest.

Tasked with assembling a tool caddy with a sliding drawer in the base, the students – who were from Westview, Samuel Robertson Technical and Port Moody Secondary – had to follow the schematics carefully.

“Judging will be on the project overall,” Strothotte said.

“How complete it is, the level of quality to their finish, if it matches what the drawing says.

“Anyone who made a mistake and needs another piece of material will be deducted marks and same goes for any safety infractions we see around.”

Emily Hamilton, a student from Samuel Robertson Technical, took a quick break from her project to chat.

“This tool box that we’re making is definitely more pieces than the project we had last year but it’s quite straightforward,” she said of the project, adding the competition is quite fun and challenging.

“It actually makes you think about what you’re doing more. You have to think for yourself instead of double guessing and asking your teacher.

You definitely find out what you’re capable of.”

READ MORE: Maple Ridge students show off woodworking, automotive skills

Those who fared the best will get a chance to face-off against the top high school trades-workers from across the province, and a strong performance there could see them competing in the nationals close to home.

“The nice thing is the nationals are in Vancouver this year,” Strothotte said.

“About once every ten to fifteen years they happen to be in Vancouver and they are taking place at the end of May at the BTC downtown.”



ronan.p.odoherty@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

skilled trades

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Each step is a prayer’: Ojibwe man will walk from Hope to Vancouver Island for Indigenous healing, reconciliation

James Taylor departs Sept. 20, returns to Saanich in five days for sacred fire

LETTER: CERB is simply worsening overdose issues in Maple Ridge

Taxpayer money is going to help buy more drugs and increase cases of death on local streets: Reader

Ridge Meadows Soccer welcomes former Whitecaps coach to club

Craig Dalrymple will join organization as new sporting director

Problems delay opening of sheets at Planet Ice Maple Ridge

Getting hold of parts, making repairs mean rinks won’t be available until January: facilities manager

SHARE: Smoky skies cast Alouette Lake in a rather haunting light

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Air quality advisory ends for the Lower Mainland

It had been in effect since Sept. 8

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

Most Read