For Dylan Haynes participating in the Provincial Skills Canada 2014 competition in St. John’s last Friday just made sense.
“If you had any interest in it or you wanted to do something with your skills, it looks good on a resumé,” said the industrial mechanics millwright student at the College of the North Atlantic’s Corner Brook Campus.
“So if you want to go anywhere with your trade it would have been in your interest to try and go. The opportunity was there, so I took it. I went there to better myself.”
Haynes, 22, beat out two other competitors for the gold medal in his division in the competition held at the College of the North Atlantic’s Prince Philip Drive Campus. He was one of five students who helped the Corner Brook Campus take third place overall in medal placements.
The competition involved testing his skill at precision blueprint layout, hand tools, precision pipe bending and precision alignment on a sprocket and chain, gearbox and motor.
The win secured the Catalina native a spot on the provincial team that is eligible to compete at the 20th annual Skills Canada National Competition in Toronto from June 4 to 5.
Haynes is interested in making the trip and is already studying, but he’ll need to find some sponsorship to make it possible.
Haynes started the first block of the apprenticeship trade program in 2010 and completed the second block last year. He has two more blocks to go and then must pass the journeymans test.
He said people may laugh at his description of what a millwright does, but the television program “How it’s Made” tells it all.
“Everything you see on that show is made in a factory,” he said.
“Every one of those places would have millwrights working on the machinery.”
Haynes said it could be a brewery, a paper mill or even a mine.
“Basically anywhere where there’s any kind of mechanic work to be done, besides a car, you would see a millwright.”
Competition participants fromthe Corner Brook campus:
— Dylan Haynes, industrial mechanics millwright, gold
— Stephanie Williams, electronics, silver
— Mitchell Peach, IT network systems administration, silver
— Laura Coffin, IT software solutions for business, bronze
— Eldred Burden, welding, bronze
Source: College of the North Atlantic