College of New Caledonia Millwrights Shine During Provincial Skills Competition
A group of talented millwright apprentices gave it their all at the 2022 Skills Canada British Columbia Provincial Post-Secondary Millwright/Industrial Mechanic Competition at CNC’s Quesnel campus on April 8th.
The students went head-to-head testing their knowledge and skills in vibration analysis, alignment, motor installation, and tube bending. After a daylong competition, the gold medal was awarded to former CNC student and reigning national champion Dusty Cathcart.
From here, he will compete at the Skills Canada National Competition May 25 to 28 in Vancouver. The winner of that competition will represent Team Canada in the industrial mechanic division at the WorldSkills International Competition in Shanghai, China in October 2022.
“It feels awesome,” he said. “It’s going to keep pushing me to get better and better every day. You never master the trade. It’s about learning and improving. It’s going to be a long 40 days getting ready for the Nationals.”
Growing up, Cathcart always loved fixing things. When looking at a trade, he decided to follow in his dad’s footsteps and become a millwright.
“I like the problem-solving nature of millwrighting,” Cathcart said. “I love how diverse the trade is. There’s always something new and different to work on.”