Calmar Secondary School captured the top three spots in the Skills Canada Alberta Precision Machining competition held at the 2015 Provincial Skills Canada Competition in Edmonton. The competition began on Tuesday, May 12th with the opening ceremony and concluded on Thursday, May 14th with the awards ceremony. Each contestant had to demonstrate competence in a series of skills and complete a project within a limited time frame within their area of expertise.
Over 40 different skills are tested from 3D Character Computer Animation to Landscape Gardening to Precision Machining to Robotics and everything in between.
Calmar sent a strong team consisting of seniors Jorn Peeters, Conley Wurban, and Tucker Weldon. Jorn improved on his second place finish from last year when he took the title while his classmates, Conley and Tucker also improved their finish from a year before when they placed 2nd and 3rd respectfully this year.
Jorn has earned the right to represent Alberta at the 21st Skills Canada National Competition, which will be held this year in Saskatoon from May 27th to the 30th.
Calmar Instructor Darren Roth was pleased with the results and complemented the boys on all the hard work they had put in to develop their skills.
Over the past few years Calmar has become a beacon for those rural students in west side of Leduc County wanting to develop their skills in precision machining, a skill that is in high demand by many of companies located in the Nisku Industrial Park.
Leduc Comp’s Robotics Team of Daniel Kilmartin, Vidal Tavares, and Eli Weisberg ran into some unforeseen circumstances and were not able to complete their project in time. This was most unfortunate as last year Daniel and Vidal had won the competition and competed at the national championships.
Daniel Chaldezos from Leduc Comp placed fifth in joinery. Joinery skills are highly sort after particularly in cabinet making, boat building, and the construction of furniture.