On Saturday, June 3, Cambrian College Electrical Engineering Technology graduate Maxime Marineau enjoyed the spotlight on the national podium at the Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg, winning a silver medal in Automation and Control.
Marineau is a seasoned competitor at provincial, national, and World Skills events. The Hearst, Ontario, resident earned nine robotics medals in high school, and he was part of a winning duo that earned gold at the 2015 World Skills Competition in Brazil.
In May, Marineau competed for the first time as a post-secondary student in automation and control at the Skills Ontario Competition. He earned gold, qualifying him to compete at the national level in June.
“Competing in automation and control was a fun experience,” Marineau said. “I applied what I learned in college and I also had to expand my programming skills.” Marineau started to prepare for the competition during his last semester as a Cambrian student, spending countless hours in the shop practising on projects from previous competitions.
“I like the competitions because you learn skills that help you to be better in your trade,” Marineau explained. “When you’re competing, you have to think quickly and be very precise. Earning the medal encourages me to keep learning and to improve in what I do.” Marineau graduated on June 1 and is working full-time as a construction and maintenance electrician, where he will continue to perfect his craft.
Cambrian President Bill Best said that “We are very proud of Maxime and all of our student competitors who put forth a tremendous effort to represent our College and our province. Competing at Skills encourages our students to be the best that they can be, honing their skills with tremendous support from our faculty coaches, who go above and beyond to help prepare students for these prestigious events.”
Cambrian College has a tradition of success at Skills competitions
Since 2005, Cambrian College students have earned 41 provincial and 10 national medals in Skills competitions; a number that speaks to the high-calibre teaching and learning experience offered across a variety of programs. In May, six Cambrian students, including Marineau, earned four medals at the Skills Ontario competition held in Toronto.
The Skills Canada competition is an Olympic-style event that brings together 500 young people from across Canada to compete in more than 40 trade and technology disciplines. Judges from industry score the competitors on a number of timed tasks covering the scope of their respective fields.
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