SAERC student takes first place in skilled trades competition

Grade 10 SAERC student Jake MacNeil (middle) took first place honours in welding during the Nova Scotia Skills Competition at the NSCC Strait Area Campus on April 9.

PORT HAWKESBURY: April 9 was no ordinary day for Jake MacNeil, a Grade 10 student at SAERC.

As it turns out, MacNeil had thoroughly impressed the judges and brought home first place honours during the Nova Scotia Skills Competition in Welding at the NSCC Strait Area Campus.

MacNeil was one of 11 provincial competitors in the welding competition last Tuesday at the Strait Area Campus in Port Hawkesbury. He entered the welding competition, which required the production of a detailed project showcasing his skills. When asked what made the competition different, MacNeil commented that “it was a lot of fun, and the way it was organized and laid out made it a challenge, especially when not knowing where the other competitors were with their projects.”

The Skills Canada Nationals will be held in Halifax from May 28-29, and MacNeil will be the Nova Scotia welder during this competition. In Halifax, there will be competitors in all skilled trades including welding, carpentry, and workplace safety (to name a few). The gold medallist in each of the competitions will also be eligible for World’s Skilled Competition which will be held August from 22-27 in Tartarstan, Russia, placing 1,300 competitors from 70 countries in skilled trades competition.

When asked about what Nationals means to him, MacNeil is focused on the prospect of competing against the best students in Canada and adds confidently “…can’t wait for Nationals in Halifax.” In preparation of this event, MacNeil will continue to work with the staff of SAERC’s Options and Opportunities program, Mike MacDonald and Lance Hawley, over the next number of weeks. Safety and precision are important will be the targets of focus for this event.