I chose plumbing as a trade to follow in the footsteps of my dad and brother. I grew up around plumbing and around age 13 I fell in love with the jobs I would help them with, and I wanted to learn more about the trade. I’m happy with the vast amount of knowledge that I’ve gained, and I enjoy the variety in the work. My career goal is to be part owner, with my brother and father, of Boulder Mechanical Contractors Ltd.
I got interested in skills competitions after seeing my brother compete when I was eight years old. It’s an experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything else. When I’m competing, I feel at home. When I learned I’ll be competing at WorldSkills Lyon 2024, for about a week it felt like a dream. I still can’t believe it. I feel my biggest challenge at the WorldSkills Competition will be the time limits and having the patience to read the blueprints. But I’m looking forward to the challenge and the experience it will give me.
In addition to plumbing, my family and I are also interested in automobiles. All our vehicles or motorcycles have a couple of upgrades to them.
Skills for Success
The skill that’s been most instrumental to me in training and for the competition is reading, which is key to understanding blueprints. I’ve been fortunate to have been around blueprints since I was a kid, and because of that I find understanding blueprints comes quite easy to me.