VANCOUVER — British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) students from the school of transportation, school of energy, and school of construction and the environment participated in the recent Skills Canada BC competition held across the province and online and scored big with 11 students successfully placing in the top three in five major categories.
BCIT participated in many of the 26 post-secondary categories out of 55 categories, a BCIT release stated, and achieved medals for the Aerospace Technology, Computer Numerical Control Machining, Precision Machining, Automation and Control (Electrical) and Sheet Metal categories.
“After winning the provincial competition, I feel more confident about my career choices. I learned that sometimes all you need to do is don’t overthink to do something right. BCIT helped me get that first place. They provided me with the right tools to learn programming skills and machinery. I remember Ali and Marte, my instructors, giving us one-on-one training, which helped a lot in the competition,” Robin Rana, a student in the Computer Numerical Control Machinist Technician program at BCIT’s School of Energy said in the release.
The BCIT student winners are:
- Aerospace Technology
- Silver, Ruojun Miao, school of transportation
- Computer Numerical Control Machining
- Gold, Robin Rana, school of energy
- Silver, Jacob Van Velthuijen, school of energy
- Bronze, Aiden Van der Werff, school of energy
- Precision Machining
- Gold, Calvin Turko, school of energy
- Silver, Xiaowei Lu, school of energy
- Bronze, Christopher Boyce, school of energy
- Automation and Control (Electrical)
- Gold, Zachary Vanboeyen, school of construction and the environment
- Silver, Eric Wu, school of construction and the environment
- Bronze, Sebastian Afshar, school of construction and the environment
- Sheet Metal
- Gold, Brandon Vangool, school of construction and the environment
The full-day event also included Try-A-Trades Booths where exhibitors showcased their various fields and a Pathways to Careers Showcase where attendees met with sponsors to find out different career paths in trades and technology, the release said.
Over 300 competitors squared off in the 55 trades and technology categories and the Gold medal winners from the provincial round, Robin Rana, Calvin Turko, Zachary Vanboeyen and Brandon Vangool will move to the national round on May 25 to 26 in Winnipeg.