Humber’s Electromechanical Engineering Technology program graduates Bogdan Malynovskyy and Mateusz Cwalinski will represent Team Canada in the Mechatronics category at the 45th WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia from August 22-27, 2019.
A Go for Gold Rally will be held on August 14 to show support for the competitors before they leave for Russia. Come out and join us beginning at 1:30 pm on the first floor of the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation at Humber’s North Campus.
What is Mechatronics?
Mechatronics is the multidisciplinary branch of engineering that focuses on the integration of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, robotics, information technology, and systems thinking, used in the design of products and automation processes.
What is WorldSkills?
This international competition features more than 1,300 competitors from over 70 countries and regions who will compete in more than 50 skilled areas such as floristry, mechanical CNC machining, building automation, auto body repair and bakery. The four-day WorldSkills Competition is the largest of its kind in the world and is considered the pinnacle of excellence in skilled trades and technologies training.
What is a WorldSkills Mechatronics Competition like?
Humber’s team will have up to 21 hours to design, build, commission and demonstrate a fully automated system that assembles, performs quality control checks and packages a product.
How is Humber training for WorldSkills 2019?
Humber’s team has been training five days a week across a wide variety of disciplines, including: time management; professional practice; speed execution; task execution; electrical and mechanical build; electrical wiring; programming; documentation; mental preparation; systematic trouble shooting and problem solving; Industry 4.0; efficiency; and data sorting.
Qualifying for WorldSkills
In 2018, Bogdan and Mateusz won gold in Mechatronics at the Skills Canada National Competition. The two highest-ranking teams in the competition were identified in their skill areas and were chosen to participate in a qualifying competition of the WorldSkills Team Canada selection process. In order to represent Team Canada in WorldSkills this August, Bogdan and Mateusz successfully defended their title this past May in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Light refreshments provided.
Bogdan chose to study in the skilled trades as it provides hands-on training and experience that can easily be transferred into the workplace, and is critical for success in any industry. Specifically, he focused on mechatronics as he is passionate about the use of technology to improve society.
Prior to starting Humber’s Electromechanical Engineering Technology program, Bogdan received a full-time job offer to work with Hacksmith Industries. He decided that he would do both. As Bogdan pursued his education, he worked with the company part-time until he graduated. Bogdan knew that by completing the program, he would learn the skills and earn the qualifications he needed to launch a successful career.
While at Humber, Bogdan had several opportunities to work with companies such as Magna and SEW-EURODRIVE. He applied these industry learning experiences as he began his full-time role at Hacksmith Industries. He is also continuing his postsecondary education part-time towards a Software Engineering degree at McMaster University.
Throughout his time at Humber, Bogdan also trained and competed in several Mechatronics Skills Competitions. With his partner, Mateusz Cwalinski, they won two gold medals at provincials and a gold and silver medal at nationals. They are now representing Team Canada while competing in Mechatronics at WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan, Russia.
Mateusz chose to study mechatronics because of the combination of practical and theoretical learning and applications, and the various career opportunities around the world, many with the chance to work with leading-edge technologies. Since completing Humber’s Electromechanical Engineering Technology program, Mateusz is on his way to his career goal of becoming a high-end robotics programmer and to work in an integration company to improve their systems.
Mateusz participated in skills competitions right from his first year of study in 2016. Competing helped him stay ahead in class, and he continues to be motivated by his hard work, focus and competitive drive.
While at Humber, Mateusz noted that his instructors were always willing to work with him directly, while providing support and giving feedback. He especially liked that his faculty and mentors challenged him to explore and solve real industry problems during labs. These opportunities led to working with several of Humber’s industry partners including KUKA Robotics Canada Inc. and Festo Didactic Inc. Through these projects, Mateusz used and trained on new equipment and technologies that allowed him to practice for future skills competitions, while also completing class assignments and helping to find solutions for industry needs.
Mateusz believes competing in skills competitions is a meaningful life learning experience. He enjoys demonstrating his abilities while also meeting friends and professional contacts along the way. For now, training is a full-time job. With his partner, Bogdan Malynovskyy, Mateusz won two gold medals at provincials and a gold and silver medal at nationals. They are now representing Team Canada while competing in Mechatronics at WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan, Russia.