Ethan McCallum - 19

Georgian College
CNC Machining
Orillia, Ontario


My passion for precision machining began during my high school co-op where I worked in a performance race shop. I developed skills to make precision components using manual machining equipment. As my knowledge and skills increased, I began looking at CNC machining as a career option. I enjoy the constant development and evolution of the trade. It’s interesting to see how these developments impact the industry. My career goal is to combine my knowledge in business and industry, to build my own precision machining business.

I was approached by a professor at my academic institution about competing in a provincial skills competition. The training gave me an incredible opportunity to achieve goals I never believed were possible. It was an incredible experience to compete in the 2023 Skills Canada National Competition, in Winnipeg. When I won the gold medal, it was a life and career-changing moment. My biggest challenge at WorldSkills Lyon 2024 will be the time constraint. I’m committed to my training and will perform to the best of my ability representing WorldSkills Team Canada 2024.

Interesting fact  
Cars have been a large part of my life and having mechanical knowledge is another skill I have developed. My passion for cars began when I worked with my grandfather on his 1955 Chevy Belair.

Skills for Success  
Adaptability has been a major skill that I’ve acquired. When working under such time constraints, it can be easy to make mistakes in programming and (it) requires rapid changes to complete the part accurately.

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