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LOYALIST COLLEGE MANUFACTURING STUDENT PREPARES FOR SKILLS CANADA NATIONAL COMPETITION AFTER WINNING GOLD AT ONTARIO TECHNOLOGICAL SKILLS COMPETITION

May 22, 2015

At the annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC), Manufacturing student Ben Bryan, left, earned bronze in the Computer Aided Manufacturing category, and Manufacturing student Steven Mullin, right, was awarded gold in the Mechanical Computer Aided Drafting category.

Belleville, Ontario, May 22, 2015 – Loyalist College Manufacturing Engineering Technician student Steven Mullin will compete at the 2015 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), taking place in Saskatoon from May 27 to 30. Steven was awarded a gold medal in the Mechanical Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) category at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC), held May 4 to 6 in Waterloo, Ontario. In the Computer Aided Manufacturing category (CAM), Manufacturing Engineering Technician student Ben Bryan earned a bronze medal. Other Loyalist students who competed at the event included: Taylor Morrison in CAM, Mackenzie Calwell in CAD, David Cameron in Precision Machining, Mitchell Moreau in Carpentry, Drew Istead and Adam Fairbass in Welding, and Mikaila Macleod, Jeremy Hartman and apprentice Evan Fletcher in Automotive. The Ontario event attracts more than 20,000 visitors over the three days of demonstrations and competitions.

“I was shocked and amazed to find out that I had won the competition,” said Steven. “When I entered the Manufacturing Engineering Technician program two years ago, I had never opened CAD software and my mechanical skills were limited at best. My professors’ dedication and passion for helping me to succeed has taught me the skills I need. They are role models I will follow in years to come. My time at Loyalist has been an incredible journey, one of the best experiences of my life. With the skills that I’ve gained at the College, I can’t help but smile and look forward to future opportunities.”

The SCNC is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country. Every year, more than 500 young people from all regions of Canada come to SCNC to participate in over 40 skilled trades and technology contests. By providing a forum where Canadian youth can compete at the national level, SCNC provides hands-on work experience related to skilled trades and technology careers. Through these competitions, Skills Canada seeks to raise awareness about skilled trades and technology sectors to all Canadian youth and their influencers.

“Congratulations on your success Steven, and best wishes as you compete in the Skills Canada National Competition in Saskatoon later this month,” said Loyalist President & CEO Maureen Piercy who attended the OTSC competition. “Placing in the medal standings is no easy feat – especially when you are working against a strong field of competitors.  Your success showcased your CAD skills and is a true testament to your talent, hard work and commitment to excellence. Congratulations on your accomplishment and thank you for representing Loyalist College so positively. The magnitude and scope of the event is truly impressive – the organizers do a fabulous job!”

Loyalist’s Manufacturing Engineering Technician program offers a combination of mechanical and electronic skills training that graduates can apply in a wide range of manufacturing careers. Students create projects using the latest CNC lathes, milling machines, 3D printing equipment and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). They develop pneumatic and hydraulic circuits based on common industrial processes and components using Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD and CADCAM. The program is designed to give students a solid understanding of machine and tool design, numerical control programming and statistical quality control. Graduates are employed in various roles, including Field Fabrication Specialist, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.; Machinist, Billet Precision; Engineering Technician, Beclawat Manufacturing; CNC Operator, Transformix Engineering; Quality Control, St. Lawrence Cement; General Machinist, Sciens Industries; Technical Sales Representative, Continental Conveyor Ltd.; and Coating Operator/Manufacturing Technician, Indsale Ltd. 

“The OTSC gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their talent and creativity to professionals in their field,” said Ann Drennan, Dean of Applied Sciences, Skills and Technology. “Sharing their ideas builds confidence and helps to prepare them for the demands of the workforce. I am very proud of all of our students who competed. Their success reflects their skills, as well as the quality of the learning experience that our faculty facilitate on a daily basis. Several Loyalist professors attended the competition in support of their students – and a number were involved as judges.”

About Loyalist College
When it comes to grads getting jobs, Loyalist College is the #1 College in Ontario. According to Provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results released April 15, 2015, 89.3 percent of the College’s most recent graduates found employment within six months of graduation compared to the provincial average of 84 percent. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior student services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers more that 60 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and 500+ online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College’s wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. In Ontario, the College’s new Digital Media Centre and the LEED® Silver certified Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses, visit loyalistcollege.com.

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Loyalist College, klorimer@loyalistc.on.ca, 613-969-1913 ext. 2536

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