Tuesday, 05 July 2011 17:24

Fort Macleod apprentice makes the grade

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By Angus Henderson
Fort Macleod
Medicine Hat College student Jason Feyter admits he was a little nervous going up against the best post-secondary plumbing students from across Canada last weekend.

He also acknowledged in an interview recently he was not really expecting to triumph overall because he was anticipating such tough competition.

At the end of  the 19th Annual Provincial Skills Competition in May in Edmonton, Feyter came home with his second gold medal won over the past couple of months.

In the provincial competition, he beat out six other plumbing competitors from post-secondary institutions in Alberta, by creating a high-level bridge from a supplied blueprint and parts.

It was his first such competition ever and it catapulted him into the national finals at the Skills Canada Competition in Quebec City.
In the process, he also became the first MHC trades student to win a gold medal at the national level of competition.
For the Canada-wide competition, his task was to build a water fountain made out of different materials, topped with a copper fleur-de-lis.

He noted it also helped his wife Janett came along for moral support.

“It was just very nice to have her there,” Feyter added.

Feyter and his wife live in Fort Macleod. He is half-way through his second year of plumbing classes with the Department of Trades at the college. He also works for DMT Mechanical in Lethbridge and will soon become a third-year apprentice.
“I decided to come to Medicine Hat College because it was highly recommended by everybody I worked with,” he stated. “I found that it completely deserved its reputation once I got here.”

Feyter also credits a lot of help from his college instructors — especially Dennis Beaudouin — in assisting him prepare for the event. 
As a reward for his hard work at the national level, he received a scholarship and a box of tools, along with his hefty gold medal.
Danny Wilson, co-ordinator for the college’s plumbing/gasfitting programs, said it was a big moment for Jason.

He and his fellow colleagues were all happy to be a part of it.

Feyter’s medal days may not be over just yet. Next year is the qualifying year for making it to the WorldSkills Competition, which will be held in Liepzig, Germany in 2013.

The team sent to that competition will qualify at next spring’s regional and then national events.

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