Two Sardis secondary school students flew to Halifax, Nova Scotia recently, to compete in the National Skills Canada contest.
Brody Dunbar competed in Welding and Austin Bamford competed in Engineering Mechanical CAD, and had earned the right to be there as provincial champions at an event in Abbotsford earlier this year.
The welding contest consisted of two projects: a lighthouse was constructed on Tuesday and a multifaceted box was Wednesday’s contest. Both projects required the students to fit up, tack into place, and finally weld out each project. The welders had to use SMAW and GMAW fillet and groove welds in the horizontal and vertical up positions. Each project had to be completed in six hours.
The mechanical CAD contest had four projects all based around a locally manufactured fish finder. For the first contest, students designed a holder to fit the fish finder. There were a number of features the holder had to include, for instance the holder had to be able to swivel through 360° and tilt through 180°. Beyond the requirements though, the contestants were free to come up with their own design. Ultimately each design was then tested by being 3-D printed.
Teacher Darren Purych said both students did very well at the National Skills competition, both bringing home silver medallions, coming second in all of Canada.