Skills Electrical Wiring Competition
From humble beginnings participating
at Skills with a small booth over 10 years ago, today the IBEW and
the ECAO (under the auspices of JEPP) proudly sponsor the
Electrical Wiring Competitions, Network Cabling Specialist
Demonstration, Elementary Workshop and Careers Booth at the Skills
Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) every year.
"The IBEW and the ECAO work hard all year preparing for these
exciting events," says John Pender, Executive Secretary Treasurer,
IBEW CCO. "We provide the financial support, staff expertise,
gather together respected volunteers and solicit donations from
Attendance is always high. For example, OTSC 2008 hosted over 1500
competitors, 60 skills trades & technology contests and over 80
Career Booths. Visitors surpassed 30,000.
"This event allows the ECAO and IBEW to promote the electrical
trade as an exciting and dynamic career choice - not only to
students - but to government, educators and the general public,"
stated Eryl Roberts, Vice President, ECAO.
Overall, it is a challenging and busy day for the electrical
wiring competitors. With a start time of 7:00 am winding down past
5:00 pm, both high school students and post secondary apprentices
worked hard to complete a series of typical electrical tasks.
The Careers Booth and Elementary
Workshop promote the career possibilities available in the
electrical industry. It provides an opportunity for visitors and
students to participate in an hands-on interactive environment
demonstrating the use of electricity and its various applications.
Feedback statistics provided by OTSC show an increased awareness by
both students and teachers to the career options available in
skilled trades and technologies. "As a tradesperson and a Board
Member to Skills Canada-Ontario, it's very rewarding to educate our
youth about career options and opportunities," says Peter Olders,
Provincial Training Coordinator, Communications Training
- We learned about electricians and what they do
- I learned that a lot of fires are cause from improper
- I learned how to bend pipes, connect wires and fish wire. Also
how they run power from one end of the building to another and how
they connect lights to switches.
- Overall the best thing about this whole event was being able to
explore new careers that impact our lives later on.
- The students were totally focused when involved in the hands-on
- [Participating in the workshops] gives [the students] an option
that they may not have thought about.
Our level of success would not be possible without
the support of our industry suppliers that generously donate
equipment, materials and resources. We are grateful that we can
count on them each year!
- Eaton • Independent Electric Supply
- Canadian Standards Association
- Toronto JAC
- Local 105 Hamilton
- Local 353 Toronto
- Local 804 Central Ontario
Thank you to all volunteers and competition judges, who
contributed their time and expertise and in particular;
- Gord Thomson from Gord Thomson Electric Ltd.
- Sean Connolly/Kearsley Electric
- Derek Green and Lindsay Plas from Local 105
- Virginia Pohler/Local 120, Kimoy- Lima-Letren
- Richard Mucha and Elizabeth Benitz from Toronto JACfrom Local
- Bev Stone and Walter Boettger from Conestoga College
- Tom Quackenbush and Joe Gajdacs
- Terry Moore/Trade Mark Industries
- Glen Hicks/A.R. Milne Electrical Ltd.
- Bob Nelson/Candian Standards Association
- Rick Reinhart/The Roberts Group
- Steve Laffrade/CSAO
- Tom Harrower and Don McNichol
Special thanks to Steve Dempsey from Local 353. Steve has
volunteered behind the scenes for over 10 years mentoring
apprentices to the Skills Ontario Industrial Wiring Competition. We
are proud that our seasoned electricians - such as Steve - pass on
their enthusiasm and extensive knowledge to our apprentices.
IBEW/ECAO Skills Committee
- Corina Hicks, Skills Electrical Wiring Tech Chair from Local
- Sue Boorman/ECAO
- Patty DeMonte/IBEW CCO
- Peter Olders/Communications Training Centre/li>
- Clarke Hurley/Local 105, John Salmon/A.R. Milne Electrical
- Ed Nott/Local 353
- Wayne Lawrence/Local 353
- Bill McKnight and Erik Hueglin/Toronto JAC, Ian Reece/CSAO
The ECAO and the IBEW Committee are well underway with
preparations for the next Annual Ontario Technological Skills
Competition - see you there!
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