Second-year plumbing student Jason Feyter placed first at the 19th Annual Provincial Skills Canada Competition May 12 and 13 in Edmonton.
Feyter beat out six other competitors from post-secondary institutions across the province for the chance to represent Alberta for plumbing in Quebec City at the Skills Canada National Competition June 2 and 3.
“We are extremely proud of his accomplishments,” said Danny Wilson, coordinator for the Plumbing/Gasfitting programs. “It’s not very often a small institute produces this type of quality.”
Feyter is halfway through his second year of plumbing classes with the department of trades at Medicine Hat College. He works for DMT Mechanical in Lethbridge and in four short weeks will be taking his exam to become a third-year apprentice.
The provincial competition involved creating a high-level bridge from a supplied blueprint and parts. Requirements for judging were strict, with measurements having to be precise within 2 mm, and points docked for students needing to use any parts beyond what they were given.
Feyter is hard at work practicing for the national competition. His blueprint of a pump-base fountain was sent to him in advance so he had time to prepare. The department of trades and his four instructors – Rob Stroh, Scott Stickel, Dennis Beaudouin and Ryan Schaufele - have supported his efforts, purchasing necessary tools Feyter didn’t already own and providing extra instruction in class.
“My teachers have been really helpful. They’ve ordered in tools I need for this competition and have shared a few tricks with me,” he said.
Although competition is tighter at the national level, Wilson said Feyter is “fully capable of winning and will most likely surprise us with his level of talent.”
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