July 17th, 2024

MHC student wins highest achievement at Skills Canada competition

By MEDICINE HAT NEWS on June 13, 2024.

Steamfitter/pipefitter apprentice Euan Mackinnon and college instructor and coach Chad Baron pose outside of ExpoCité in Québec after Mackinnon won gold at Skills Canada.--SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Medicine Hat College steamfitter/pipefitter apprentice Euan Mackinnon recently won a gold medal at this year’s Skills Canada competition in Quebec for his abilities to complete a 12-hour project.

As a member of Team Alberta for the second consecutive year, Mackinnon excelled in the two-day competition where he was challenged to read drawing, thread tube and pipe and test his instrumentation ability.

As well, Mackinnon was also recognized for the team spirit award for the second time for his leadership role and building excitement among the members of Team Alberta.

“It’s pretty special,” says Mackinnon in a college press release. “It’s cool to actually win something that was just me and all dependent on my performance.

“I am extremely thankful for everyone involved. It’s a one-person medal but I definitely would not have gotten it without the people in my corner.”

Mackinnon was coached by college instructor Chad Baron who says Mackinnon’s work ethic and ability to learn from his mistakes are key factors to his success.

“He put a lot of effort in working during the week and practising on weekends,” says Baron.

Mackinnon plans to complete his journeyman certification as a steamfitter/pipefitter and plans to return to Skills Canada in the future as coach.

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