School: Saskpoly Regina
Employer: Brandt Industries
Hometown: Regina, SK
I chose to pursue welding because I have always enjoyed working with my hands and this trade allows me to apply my creative and artistic skills. My career goal is to run my own custom shop that specializes in mobile welding and custom fabrication with a variety of materials.
I got involved with Skills Competitions through my school. Since I have a competitive nature, I thought I could apply it to a real competition and that’s when I started practicing achieving this goal. I was also very inspired by the 2015 Skills USA competitor in welding, Andrew Cardin, who demonstrated that welding is truly an art form that requires more than basic construction skills.
I race motocross at a semi pro level and I have broken my back in two places.
All of the nine Essential Skills come into play every day for me at work as a welder. However, I believe working with others, numeracy and thinking are crucial skills to have in order to work in this industry. I also think document use is an important skill that I am continuously working on improving.