Humber grads compete in Euroskills 2016

Humber grads compete in Euroskills 2016

Humber grads compete in Euroskills 2016

Avery Bird and Theodor Willert, recent grads of Humber’s Electromechanical Engineering Technology program, went to Gothenburg this past December to represent Canada in the EuroSkills 2016 competition. Bird and Willert won gold in the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition and took this next step towards putting their automation skills to the test, having the opportunity to compete against other teams who were also the best in their respective countries.


Teams were tasked with a system integration challenge to build, program, and execute over the course of three days, and then judged based on the amount of time it took to complete the task, the system’s overall functionality, and the professional appearance of the system.


“Each team was given the same starting materials, so it was essentially a competition of who could build this complex electromechanical system the fastest, make it run the most accurately, and make it look the best,” stated Bird.


There were teams in attendance that had already competed in WorldSkills Sau Paulo in 2015 and demonstrated their strength, but Bird and Willert performed incredibly alongside these established competitors.


“We learned a huge amount about how international events are judged, and where we measure up to the competition,” said Willert.


Unfortunately, one last-minute hiccup cost them a tied for gold, but Willert remains confident and optimistic about the future: “With this competition as our first international event, we feel incredibly confident in our abilities for Abu Dhabi in 2017!”