I chose a trade because society will always need skilled tradespeople, and other post-secondary options did not appeal to me. I chose electrical because I enjoy math, troubleshooting, and the variety of career paths available. I hope to be a project manager on large scale commercial or industrial sites.
My high school electro-tech teacher, Smitty, got me involved with skills competitions. While training for the Skills Canada National Competition, I learned new things that I would not have learned in the field, like programming a smart relay and installing motor control circuits.
I coach lacrosse and ref hockey in my free time.
Skills for Success
Adaptability has been an instrumental skill in my training process and during competitions. Many times, during competitions, things don’t work out the way you want, and you may get a piece of material you’re unfamiliar with or be in a situation you’ve never been in before. It’s important to be able to think on your feet and find success when overwhelmed with something. I think the most important skill to improve is problem-solving. Many things can affect the functionality of an electrical system and it’s important to know how to test a circuit, recognize the problem, and solve it.