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Canadore College Student Wins Gold at National Skills Competition

Jun 7, 2018 | Canadore College

(EDMONTON, ALTA.) – Canadore College aircraft maintenance student, Jaymes Vincent, will be bringing home the gold medal from the Skills Canada National Competition in the postsecondary aerospace technology category.

Vincent, originally from Ottawa, Ont., completed a12-hour contest, which was separated into modules to include tasks associated with structural repair, sheet metal fabrication, electro-mechanical system troubleshooting, aircraft inspection, reciprocating engine maintenance, gas turbine engine maintenance, aircraft mass and balance, control rigging, and component replacement.

“Jay has put forth a lot of effort in preparing for these competitions and it has paid off,” said Brett Chadwick, professor and coordinator of the aircraft maintenance program. “It is great to keep the winning streak alive and all of the aircraft maintenance professors here at Canadore celebrate the success of these students who participate in this coveted competition.”

In May, Vincent won gold at the Skills Ontario competition where his classmate Xavier Mainville also won silver. Canadore’s aviation maintenance students have a long history of receiving top rankings at both provincial and national skills competitions:

2018    Jaymes Vincent           Gold                Skills National Competition

2018    Jaymes Vincent           Gold                Skills Ontario Competition

2018    Xavier Mainville         Silver               Skills Ontario Competition

2017    Jason Lawton              Gold                Skills Ontario Competition

2017    David Gellately           Silver               Skills Ontario Competition

2015    Colin Cumming           Bronze             Skills National Competition

2015    Colin Cumming           Gold                 Skills Ontario Competition

2013    Mark Kaszowski         Bronze             Skills Ontario Competition

2012    Craig Slikker               Gold                Skills Ontario Competition

2012    Mark Terdik                Silver               Skills Ontario Competition

2011    James Spurrell             Gold                Skills National Competition

2011    James Spurrell            Gold                Skills Ontario Competition

2010    Erick Mitura                Bronze             Skills Ontario Competition

2009    John Bolan                  Silver               Skills National Competition

2009    John Bolan                  Gold                 Skills Ontario Competition

2009    Ryan London              Silver               Skills Ontario Competition

2008    Jason Leslie                 Gold                Skills Ontario Competition

2008    Peter Rice                    Bronze             Skills Ontario Competition

2007    Eugene Lalande          Bronze             Skills Ontario Competition

This year’s Skills Canada National Competition was held in Edmonton, Alta. on June 4-5. It is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country. More than 500 young people from across Canada participate in over 40 skilled trades and technology competitions. In order to compete, students must have ranked in local, regional and provincial/territorial events in order to represent their province/territory.

Following the School of Aviation convocation on June 28, Vincent will begin his career Airbus Helicopters in Fort Erie, Ont.

Canadore College trains people through applied learning, leadership and innovation. It provides access to over 75 full-time quality programs and has outstanding faculty and success services to students from nearly 400 Canadian communities and 15 international countries. The College and its students add nearly $244 million to Nipissing Parry Sound Service Area economy. Approximately 1,000 students graduate from Canadore each year, and they join 44,000 alumni working across the globe. Canadore receives less than 50 per cent of its traditional funding from the provincial Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and relies on its own innovation and entrepreneurial endeavours and generous donors for the balance.

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