NLC students ready to`light it up`at Skills Canada

Robbie McMullin, a dual credit student in the Electrical Foundation program at NLC and North Peace Secondary School, won gold in the Secondary Division.

Hayden Stebing, a Level 3 Electrical apprentice and former NLC student, won gold in the Post-Secondary Division.

They’re now heading to the national championships in Toronto, June 4 – 7, pursuing the convenient chance to represent Canada at the 2015 World Skills Championships in Brazil.

Stebing, who works for Dalco Instruments in Fort St. John, said he felt confident at the provincials after completing his project with about an hour remaining in the six hour event.

“After the first section, I looked around and everyone else was way behind where I was, “Stebing said. “When I finished with and hour left, I felt confident I was going to win.”

The event had an overall attendance of approximately 7,000 participants and visitors.  

Stebing says the biggest surprise for him came when discovering an error in the drawings partway through the competition, having to reorganize his project plan.

Each division featured a six-hour competition that required the completion of two projects, one focusing on residential skills and the other commercial.

NLC Electrical Instructor, Robert McAleney was a judge at the provincials and say he’s impressed with the simplicity of the project, while still being challenging enough to test most of the electrical disciplines including wire, pipework and technical wiring.

Both Stebing and McMullin are preparing for the nationals, as they review the tool list and scope documents, expecting to do some weekend sessions.

“I’m not going expecting to win, but I want to win,” says Stebing. “The Nationals will be a higher-calibre skill level. I will be super happy if I come in first, going to Brazil would be sweet.”

McAleney says he’s proud of how these student successes reflect positively on NLC’s Electrical program.

“This validation as an instructional team was awesome, to see that we are on the right track,” McAleney said. “…To win two gold medals at the Provincial Skills Competition is pretty impressive.”