Humber students qualify for Skills Ontario competition

Four Humber electromechanical engineering technology students are going to the Skills Ontario competition.

The top two teams were selected following a competition that pitted them against students in their program. Working in teams of two, students had six hours to build a small (tabletop-sized) factory that is able to sort a product. 

Marko Gunja and Hartej Tapia secured a first-place finish in the qualifying competition. The duo also won silver in mechatronics at last year’s provincial competition.

Alex Mosor and Suhail Mohammed came in second place, securing them spots on Humber’s Skills Ontario team as well.

Maramawit Demisse and Theresa Martinez, and Mark Ruth and Dante Orlando tied for third place.

This was the first time an all-female student team (Demisse and Martinez) participated in the Humber competition.

Humber students compete in Skills Ontario qualifying competition

Representatives from Humber’s partner SEW-EURODRIVE were on campus to present medals and scholarships to the winners at an award ceremony. The first-place team received $5,000 ($2,500 each), second place received $3,000 ($1,500 each), and the third-place teams which tied received $2,000 ($500 each).

Humber students have a reputation for dominating at Skills Ontario, Skills Canada and WorldSkills. Last year, Mateusz Cwaliniski and Bogdan Malynovskyy won gold at Skills Canada, and may be competing at WorldSkills in Russia later this year.

At 2017’s WorldSkills (the competition is held every two years), alumni Avery Bird and Theo Willert won bronze in mechatronics after winning gold provincially and nationally. The team also received Gold for Best of Nation award, which goes to the team or competitor who gets the most points or highest medal of their country's teams.

“I think it is persistence and hard work,” said Neal Mohammed, explaining why Humber teams do well at Skills.

“The students really enjoy it,” Mohammed, director of the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation and former electromechanical program coordinator, adds. “We make it a fun environment. We engage the students and it complements their class work throughout their terms, leading to excelled final capstone outcomes.”

Skills Ontario takes place May 6 to 8 at the Toronto Congress Centre.