Riding the wave of experiential learning

By: Laura Copeland

blog-photoThe surf’s up for 15 Fleming College students who are working on a multi-faceted project to help a west coast surfboard company expand overseas.

Swell Composites Supply Ltd., based in Richmond, B.C., is sponsoring three applied projects for business students. Applied projects, available within certain programs in the School of Business and School of Trades and Technology, see students spend their final semester finding innovative solutions to a real-world challenge. The students gain academic credit and on-the-job experience. At the same time, the project results provide new information, answer questions, contribute to planning, and lay the groundwork for future innovations.

For Swell Composites – Entropy Resin’s Canadian partner that is the Importer and Distributor of the complete range of composite materials used in Fiberglass and Resin manufacturing within the sporting goods, custom manufacturing and marine industries in Canada -, a team of students in the International Business Management program have been creating a logistics and export manual that will aid the company in exporting to international markets. As well, two groups of Global Business Management students have been analyzing the markets of targeted, specific countries.

International Business Management student Duy Vong says working in teams on the applied projects has been both eye-opening and uplifting.

“I have been very lucky to work with an incredible group of people who are super supportive. They always help me whenever I’m in need and help me get over my weaknesses and turn them into strengths.”

Duy added that working on the project has been an “incredible journey” thanks to the sponsor, Swell Composite Principal Cofounder Jimmy Stewart, who is also a Fleming alumnus.

“He has taught us meaningful, real-life lessons, and he has provided a lot of information to helps us get our work done more easily and more quickly.”

Arielle Smith, an International Business Management student, says the three teams were “synergistic” and helped each other grow and develop over the semester. Like Duy, she also appreciated the support from their sponsor throughout the project.

“As a past Fleming graduate, Jimmy knows what it’s like to be in our shoes. He’s been able to offer us advice on what to do after we leave Fleming, advice about the industry, and has been a great overall guide for the project. He’s gone through information with us to ensure we have a solid understanding on the material, which has helped us in giving him an overall better final product,” she said.

Both Arielle and Duy said that communication between students and across projects presented a bit of a challenge at times.

“In order to be successful as a team, you need to have an effective channel of communication, to make sure that everybody is on the same page. Distance does not, and will not, stop a team from being successful as long as you know how to overcome the challenges,” said Duy.

Arielle says she is grateful for the applied project opportunity, as it will help her move forward into a career.

“With the experience I’ve gained from working for Swell Composites, I feel more prepared to enter the workforce than ever before,” she said. “I think it has been invaluable not only to myself but also the other groups. It’s easy for teachers to recreate situations for students to participate in, but there’s nothing like the real-life experience that we learned from the applied project.”

International student Hannah Le impresses at Field Placement

Hannah Le (left) with Jennifer Seeley
Hannah Le (left) with Jennifer Seeley

While many students leave the nest for college, Wireless Information Networking student Hannah Le moved to a new country for her studies. Raised in Vietnam, Hannah booked a flight to Canada to learn electronics, telecommunication and programming at Fleming College.

She describes Peterborough, Ont., as a peaceful, quiet city and appreciates the design of the Sutherland Campus building.

“I have had a wonderful experience at Fleming. My classes were so great with lots of excellent teachers, who were not only enthusiastic in class or lab but also gave timely responses to my email questions with very useful information,” said Hannah. “Fleming also had many activities inside and outside the campus, which gave me good chances to meet, communicate and connect with other students.”

The Wireless Information Networking graduate certificate focuses on the design, planning, implementation, operation and troubleshooting of wireless networks. For hands-on, real world experience, Hannah also completed a Field Placement at Genpak, a food packaging company.

“When I searched on the Internet about Genpak and knew that it has many plants in both the US and Canada, I thought this would be a great chance to see how this company handles their business,” she said. “Besides, I can still stay in Peterborough and meet my friends, while exploring the real workplace environment and working culture of the company.”

Hannah describes her colleagues at Genpak as nice, helpful, kind, supportive and encouraging. She said Field Placement has improved her communication skills, programming VBA skills, problem-solving, time management, and productivity. She added that Field Placement and Fleming College has also taught her a lot about Canadian culture.

“Field Placement is a great opportunity to gain experience in the real work environment. In the real world, not everything will be set up and fixed, so you have to face a lot more challenging problems and find the solutions to them,” said Hannah. “Field Placement helps me connect and apply what I have learned to the particular situations and develop my skills.”

Jennifer Seeley, Quality Assurance & Food Safety Coordinator at Genpak, was impressed with Hannah’s work.

“Hannah is one of those students that it just clicks with,” said Jennifer. “She took the placement very seriously in terms of her attendance, promptness and focus. She brought a lot of new ideas (to us) to the table with a number of the small projects that she worked on. Her friendly and curious outlook encouraged us to work a little deeper on some things, so that she could see and understand how things worked and why.”

Hannah had the opportunity to work in four different departments at Genpak: I.T., Engineering, Materials/Inventory, and Quality/Regulatory. Each supervisor was happy with Hannah’s work, writing in their feedback that she is:

  • “very knowledgeable and puts that knowledge to work in not only solving issues, but also learning” – I.T.
  • “always focused on her work and was great at noticing small details that needed attention” – Engineering
  • “pleasure to work with and eager to help” – Materials/Inventory
  • “we all benefitted from her help. She grasped concepts quickly, not only worked well independently but thought about what she was working on and could make valuable suggestions along the way. Hannah is definitely someone who can go far in her field” – Quality/Regulatory.

Fleming College offers many programs that feature Field Placement opportunities. Hannah’s advice to other students who want to excel on placement is to be confident, punctual and respectful, follow the responsibilities given in the Field Placement offer and be prepared, work hard and take it seriously, and do not hesitate to ask your teacher or supervisor for help.

Trades students create tour bus for James Barker Band

James Barker BusFleming College’s School of Trades and Technology teamed up with the James Barker Band to transform a GO Transit bus into a tour bus. With the help of Trades faculty, Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, and Welding students renovated the bus to include bunk beds, a lounge, washroom, two dinette tables, and kitchen area.

“This was such an amazing opportunity for our Trades students, as it provided a real life industry scenario. It took the student completely out of their normal setting and img_7570required them to be creative at times and to think outside-the-box,” said Paul Jordan, lead faculty on this project. “It showed a student that you had to figure things out on the fly and be able to adapt or change as needed to make a concept work.”

The opportunity came from a discussion Paul had with James Barker, who is a friend of his, when James asked Paul for ideas on how to refurbish a bus into their tour bus. After brainstorming, Paul realized this would be an amazing project for Fleming College students.

With only a seven week time-frame and no blueprint (other than the layout wanted by the band), the team at Fleming’s School of Trades and Technology got to work:

  • Carpentry and Renovation (Techniques/Technician) students completed the framing of the lounge, bunk, washroom and kitchen areas. They also did the fitting and finishing of these areas, and installed the kitchen cabinets, counter-tops, and dinette tables.
  • Electrical (Techniques/Engineering Technician/Advanced Electrician Apprentice) students designed the electrical layout for the bus, completed all rough in wiring; installed receptacles, light fixtures and switches; and configured the battery bank and inverter into the separate on-board electrical system.
  • Mechanical Techniques – Plumbing students completed the rough in of supply and drain lines; installed the freshwater, grey water and black water tanks with level sensors; and installed the shower, sink, toilet, and hot water tank.
  • Welding (Techniques/Fabrication Technician) students completed two table legs for the dinette tables, made fasteners for anchoring framing, and built a steel frame to hold a battery bank and inverter. They also fabricated brackets to help anchor holding tanks.

Businesses that supported this project include: Bardon Supplies, Buckeye Marine (Bobcaygeon), Fleming College Mechanical Techniques – Plumbing, Great Canadian RV, Guillevin International Co., HB Cycle, Home Depot, Jackson Water Conditioning, Kawartha Battery Sales and Service, and Merrett Home Hardware Building Centre.

img_7559The completed James Barker Band tour bus features a lounge, eight bunks, a kitchen area with a sink, fridge and microwave, a washroom with a shower and toilet, and a dining area with two dinette tables.

“Without the tremendous support of the administration, faculty and students in their respective trades that were required to complete this project, this would never have been so successful,” said Paul. “This was such a positive project as faculty had students knocking at their doors asking if they could help out on the bus on their own time.”

Patti Gilchrist is one of the Carpentry Technician students who helped renovate the bus.

“I enjoy the work and I thought it would be interesting, I’d get to learn some new things, and be able to work with the instructors here with us,” said Patti. “Plus, I’ve motorhomed all my life, my dad’s taken us all over in a 40-foot motorhome.”


Patti Gilchrist (right) works on the tour bus project with her peers

Patti said the experience has been amazing. “Seeing it drive away knowing we all did this for a band and we all work so well together, I think it’s nice. And we got to know our teachers more,” she added.

Rod McLeod, Chair of the School of Trades and Technology, is proud of the work Fleming faculty and students did on this project.

“Paul Jordan was the lead faculty on the initiative and did a tremendous amount with the project,” said Rod. “Faculty members Susan Brown, Gord Knox, Jason Jackson, Rick Murdock, Aaron Lishman, and Darren Cavanaugh helped bring this to fruition and did amazing work with their students. It was a great project that the students truly enjoyed.”

The James Barker Band picked up the bus on Sunday, April 23 and has been using it on their Canadian tour.

“It’s been perfect. I know if we did it on our own it wouldn’t be close, it is unbelievable how great it is and how good of a job they did,” said James Barker. “It’s been super comfortable, it’s been great, I’ve gotten some good sleeps on there. We have an Xbox One set up in the back so we have that going, too.”

The band plans to return to Fleming College in the future for upgrades, and to continue this project and collaboration with the School of Trades and Technology. One idea for phase two is for Electrical students to incorporate solar panels for charging the battery bank.

Construction Engineering Technician students break new ground on sustainability

Two Construction Engineering Technician (CET) students are breaking new ground on sustainability efforts at Fleming College.

Tyler Fenton and Andrew Lloyd were awarded applied projects funding from the Office of Sustainability and FastStart Fleming to further their research on ways to make Fleming campuses more sustainable. Tyler is researching sustainable permeable pavement, while Andrew is researching integration of the Tesla Powerwall and Tesla Roof into the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre.

“The Applied Projects Funding Program by the Office of Sustainability is intended to provide experiential learning for students in creating a more sustainable post-secondary institution and support Fleming’s commitment towards achieving net zero institutions,” said Trish O’Connor, Director of the Office of Sustainability. “I’m looking forward to watching their research develop.”

Tyler Fenton
Tyler Fenton, Construction Engineering Technician student, working on the permeable pavement at GHD Canada

With the support and direct supervision of CET program coordinator Dr. Adel A. Zadeh, Tyler is researching and testing permeable pavement, which aims to reduce the environmental impact of current pavement materials on sidewalks, bicycle paths, driveways, parking lots, and low traffic areas. Tyler received $500 from the Office of Sustainability applied projects fund to work on this project.

“Currently when it rains, water bounces off the pavement and goes into the storm system, which costs the city money to treat,” said Tyler. “With permeable pavement, it would allow water to go through it and into the ground.”

Tyler said permeable pavement would be useful outside of the college, as well. He provided the example of a subdivision built around a fountain, which serves the purpose of collecting excess water to avoid flooding. With permeable pavement, the need for a fountain would be obsolete and therefore more land would be available to build more homes.

Tyler (right) with Adam Bonner (left, front) and Shaun Shepherd working at GHD Canada.

Tyler has been working on and testing the permeable pavement at GHD Canada in Peterborough. On Wednesday, April 5, Tyler worked with GHD Senior Technicians Adam Bonner and Shaun Shepherd (Resources Drilling and Blasting, Class of 2005, and Geological Technician, Class of 2007) to mix, cast, and compact the pavement. He will later test porosity (void content), density, infiltration rate (permeability) and mechanical properties, including compression and tensile strength.

“This applied project allows you to see the practical way of the materials through testing and seeing how it’s applicable for design. There are lots of environmental benefits, and students are learning about sustainability and caring about the construction materials they are using,” said program coordinator Adel. “It’s also an opportunity to work on challenges, because everything is not always A to B and we don’t always know the outcome; for example, we couldn’t use vibration so we used other equipment to compact the samples. Everything is not always what you see in a textbook.”

Adel said he is thankful for the support and resources GHD Canada is providing for this project, which includes a concrete mixer, their facility and technicians.

Joel Kimmitt, Principal Engineer at GHD Canada and Fleming Earth Resources Technician Program Advisory Committee member, said he is very interested in helping Tyler and learning more about the CET program at Fleming.

“We’ve had a longstanding connection with the college and many of our employees are Fleming grads from Frost Campus,” said Joel. “I’m interested in this program because it’s more on the civil engineering side, which could potentially yield employees for the company.”

Joel is also interested in the results of Tyler’s research. “It’s interesting because this technology is not widely used in Canada, so we don’t have a lot of experience with it either.”

Adel would like to bring phase 2 of the project to Fleming’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment at Frost Campus, if he receives more funding.  Adel would like to expand this research in order to investigate the water filtration of these paving materials as a function of different mix compositions used, applying microstructural analysis of hydration and carbonation products between different cementitious materials and permeable pavement capability to help absorb heavy metals and chemicals.

Tyler’s Construction Engineering Technician classmate Andrew Lloyd is researching sustainable initiatives as well, thanks to funding he received from FastStart Fleming.

Andrew (right)
Andrew Lloyd (right) at the Green Your Campus conference

Andrew earned 2nd Place in the Green Your Campus conference co-hosted by Fleming’s Office of Sustainability, FastStart and the Trent Green Team, on March 11, 2017, receiving a $1, 000 prize to conduct feasibility research on a Tesla Powerwall at Sutherland Campus. Andrew was one of 10 Fleming groups who presented at the conference, which also featured 25 groups from Trent University. Projects were judged by Fleming and Trent faculty based on presentation and potential effect on meeting the college’s sustainability plan goals.

For his project, Andrew proposed integrating the Tesla Powerwall and Tesla Roof (or equivalent solar panels) into the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre at Sutherland Campus. In addition to helping power the Fleming Kube during peak consumption times, Andrew proposed the Powerwall and Roof also be used to help train students in electrical trades.

“The city wants to be net zero emissions by 2050, so there is a demand on businesses to be net zero,” said Andrew. “If you can teach the trades students that before they go into the workforce, it will make them more valuable when they graduate.”

Andrew is currently working with Adel and Javier Bravo, Fleming College Entrepreneurship Liaison, to research the feasibility of this within Fleming College. His goal is to know whether implementation is possible by December 2017.

Both Andrew and Tyler are working towards their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications, and Andrew plans to take the Project Management graduate certificate at Fleming College as well. Both students plan to combine their construction engineering careers with their interest in sustainability to build a brighter future.

Help with the home; Students create low-cost robot vacuum

vacuumAs believers in open source development, Fleming students Aaron Junkin, Joe Kennedy, and Devon Silhanek intend to upload their designs and plans they used to create and build a low cost robotic vacuum.

“We took it upon ourselves to adjust the parameters of the project and make it a low cost robot vacuum compared to the ones currently available on the market,” said Devon. “We are all supporters of the open source community and will proudly be uploading our schematics and code to others that would wish to do this project as well. It definitely has some differences from commercially available vacuum robots, however if you are someone learning about electronics or programming then it will be available online as a fun do-it-yourself project, which is functional and useful!”

The students, in the Computer Engineering Technology program, have spent their sixth semester working on the applied project. The Applied Projects course, offered within certain programs in the School of Business and the School of Trades and Technology, pairs up groups of students with clients or sponsors to come up with a solution to a real-world problem. For this project, Devon, Aaron and Joe worked with Fleming faculty member Mamdouh Mina.

The students say they chose to work on this particular project as it incorporated different concepts from their various classes.

“The project used a combination of microcontrollers, electronics, and programming, along with the need to use troubleshooting and ingenuity in order to complete this project – it provided the greatest appeal to all of our members,” said Aaron.

Despite some setbacks over the course of the semester – such as electronic failures – the group said they were able to use time management skills to shift the focus to other tasks while waiting for new components to come in.

“We also spent a lot of time on our planning stage which helped ensure fewer problems throughout our project. Before ordering components we ensured our core concepts and circuit diagrams were feasible to ensure we were successful in the long run,” said Devon.

Team work also played a vital role in ensuring the project’s completion.

“Working as a team allowed us to split up the tasks involved in the development and assembly of the robot to make the process more efficient. It also helped to have group discussions on next steps or problems that we ran into to get a different perspective and ultimately come to a collective solution,” said Joe.

The students’ sponsor, Mamdouh, was supportive of their decisions and gave them freedom to explore within the project’s parameters, they said.

“Although our project was internal, we feel that working on a project such as ours has greatly helped our problem-solving in a team environment as well as independently,” said Devon. “From this project we learned a lot about structured team projects as well as expanded on the knowledge we learned in our previous semesters at Fleming.”

Students in the School of Business and School of Trades and Technology within the Project Management, Marketing, Computer Engineering Technology and Wireless Information Networking programs will present their applied projects at the Fleming College Innovation and Technology Showcase in Partnership with Bell on Thursday, April 6 at the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre.

The projects are judged by members of the local business, tech and non-profit communities and prizes are awarded.

All are welcome to attend the Showcase and view the students’ projects. The Showcase will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
705.749.5530 x 1370

Computer Engineering Technology students create real life magic mirror

Jackson Hamilton demonstrating the magic mirror
Jackson Hamilton demonstrating the magic mirror

Forget the fairy tale – two Fleming Computer Engineering Technology students are creating a real life magic mirror that can provide news and information and even answer basic questions.

The team of Aaden Storms-Bedard and Jackson Hamilton have spent their sixth and final semester working on the applied project. The Applied Projects course, offered within certain programs in the School of Business and the School of Trades & Technology, pairs up groups of students with clients or sponsors to come up with a solution to a real-world problem. For this project, Aaden and Jackson worked with Fleming faculty member Ghada Hussein as the client.

“The project works by having a two-way mirror placed in front of a computer monitor,” explains Aaden. “There is a Raspberry Pi computer on the back of the project to run the software. While the software is running, white text is displayed on a black background. The white text shines through the mirror, while the background does not, which gives the illusion of text appearing on the mirror.”

The mirror can display information relevant to Fleming College and the community in the form of local weather and weather forecast, a news ticker of the Peterborough Examiner, the date and time, and Fleming’s academic schedule.

“Alexa Voice Services is also integrated into the project so you can ask it questions, some general and some relating to Fleming College,” added Jackson.

The technology could potentially be used as the processing centre, or the “brain” of an automated home system, said Aaden.

“Think of Jarvis from Iron Man,” he explained.

Aaden and Jackson said they were drawn to the project due to the hardware and software aspect of it. It was relevant to the courses they have taken within their program at Fleming and also included some of their personal interests.

The project has challenged them over the course of the semester.

“Nothing ever goes exactly according to plan so you need to constantly adjust to solve challenges,” said Jackson. “There have been some issues with hardware procurement, such as parts not having all of the features that were advertised. Some software also did not work as originally intended and some troubleshooting had to be done to get the project into a working state.”

However, working as a team has helped move the project along.

“Different team members have different strengths meaning that they can cover the weaknesses of others and create a better project,” said Aaden. “It helps with brainstorming ideas when you can bounce ideas off of each other and it helps with troubleshooting when individuals have a different perspective on the problem.”

Problem-solving and working with limitations, such as a budget and a scheduled timeline, have helped prepare the students for the workplace.

“You can’t plan for every little detail. Sometimes compromises have to be made due to unforeseen circumstances,” said Aaden.

Jackson added that working with a real-world client has been, at times, stressful but ultimately rewarding.

“It’s exciting to create something from an idea. Our sponsor, Ghada Hussein, has been helpful and supportive but uncompromising on what she wants from this project.”

Students in the School of Business and School of Trades & Technology will present applied projects at the Fleming College Innovation and Technology Showcase, in Partnership with Bell. Members of the public are welcome to attend and view the students’ projects in the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre on Thursday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
705.749.5530 x 1370

Mechanical Techniques – Plumbing and the CAWT recognize #WorldPlumbingDay

plumbing-groupHappy #WorldPlumbingDay to Fleming Mechanical Techniques – Plumbing students and instructors, and the Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment team!

World Plumbing Day is celebrated annually on March 11th to recognize the impact plumbing has on our health and safety. As an Educational Institution Member of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), Fleming College is proud to join the celebration and raise awareness of the important role played by the global plumbing industry.

Did you know?

  • Canada represents 20% of the world’s fresh water supply
  • An individual needs 50 litres of water per day in order to prepare meals and maintain personal hygiene, according to the United Nations
  • The average Canadian uses 329 litres of water per day in their home. Two-thirds of water used in the home is used in the bathroom: 40% from toilets, and 30% in showers and baths.
  • The Great Lakes provide drinking water to 8.5 million Canadians

“World Plumbing Day is a great opportunity to recognize the important work of plumbers,” said Jason Jackson, Mechanical Techniques – Plumbing program coordinator. “Plumbers provide important services which contribute to maintaining the health of communities, including proper installation of drains, waste, and venting systems along with potable piping and other mechanical systems.”

Mechanical Techniques – Plumbing instructors are training the next generation of plumbers and water systems operators in Fleming’s Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre. This program introduces students to installing, maintaining and repairing piping systems in residential, commercial, industrial and municipal settings.

“This program really prepares graduates to hit the ground running. Our students gain experience in piping, legislation, and application of code related to plumbing. When they graduate, they have the knowledge and practical skills to enter into a plumbing apprenticeship and/or become employed in a number of mechanical trades,” said Jason.

Unfortunately, not everyone has access to clean water. The United Nations said an individual needs 50 liters of water per day for meal prep and personal hygiene, but many people in Africa only get 20 liters of water per day.

researchAs global water concerns grow, the need for solutions to protect water sources and mitigate water quality issues also grows. For more than ten years, Fleming’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) at the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences has been working with governments and industry to research, develop, and test leading-edge water and wastewater technologies.

“Access to clean water is a universal concern that requires a multitude of techniques and technologies to deliver,” said Jeremy Kraemer, Director of the CAWT. “At the CAWT, we work with many different companies on a range of solutions that improve water quality, management, and stewardship. We salute the plumbers and water systems operators that put these and other innovative technologies to use.”

Trades students show their skill in the MAXIMUM Design Challenge

Team Wood Shed the First
Team Wood Shed the First

It was a win for Team Wood Shed the First at the MAXIMUM Design Challenge yesterday in the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre! Willard Bedolfe (Carpentry Technician), Lochlyn Newton (Carpentry Technician), Vikas Pratap Singh (Electrical Engineering Technician), Michael Elliott (Trades Fundamentals), and Nick Candiano (Welding Techniques) constructed the winning wood shed in the design competition.

The MAXIMUM Design Challenge was presented by Canadian Tire in partnership with Fleming’s School of Trades and Technology. Ten teams of cross-disciplinary Trades and Technology students were challenged to build an outdoor structure with an electrical component between 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All participating teams were provided with the same tools and materials to complete the project.

“The MAXIMUM Design Challenge event was a huge success!” said Jan Watson, event organizer and KTTC Employment Market & Student Success Specialist. “I am so very proud of our Trades students and what they developed and built under tight time constraints. The projects were extremely creative, well-thought out and elaborate.”

Team Purple Monkey Dishwashers
Team Purple Monkey Dishwashers

Each project was marked on creativity (25 points), technical skill (25 points), functionality (25 points), and integration across different skill sets (25 points). Team Wood Shed the First earned 1st Place with their wood shed, 2nd Place went to the Purple Monkey Dishwashers for their dog house (team members: Richard Shikatani – Carpentry Technician, Shalagh Wigmore – Electrical Engineering Technician, Ben Wood – Welding and Fabrication Technician, Daniel Gillis – HRAC, and Shawn Greene – Trades Fundamentals), and 3rd Place went to the Tiki Tequila’s for their Tiki Hut (team members: Marissa Pezzetta – Carpentry Technician, Chris Moore – HRAC, Muhammad Shaikh – Mechanical Techniques-Plumbing, and Tyler Wilson – Trades Fundamentals).

Team Tiki Tequila’s
Team Tiki Tequila’s

“I am also very proud of how all the students worked so well together in their teams, despite being from various trades programs and not knowing one another prior to the competition. The objective of selecting individuals from the different trades’ disciplines within the School was to emulate real-life industry—each and every one of the competitors rose to the challenge!” said Jan. “Thank you to all those involved: our partners at Canadian Tire/Maximum Tools, our 48 competitors, and our enthusiastic Fleming College Trades faculty and staff.”

15 prizes were given at the event, including five 1st Place prizes consisting of a Maximum™ 20V Max Li-Ion Brushless Hammer Drill & Impact Driver Combo Kit; Maximum™ 1/4-in, 3/8-in and 1/2-in Drive Socket Set, 168-pieces; and a $100 Canadian Tire gift card. Each first place prize has an approximate retail value of $800.

Watch a time lapse of the competition in action: