Skilled Trades

Welcome

We have moved to Davis Campus and are settling into our new, state-of-the-art building. Come and see us at the Skilled Trades Centre, 'A' wing.

Sheridan’s skilled trades programs provide students with practical skills and knowledge in industrial and/or construction trade sectors. Learning in well-equipped, state-of-the-art labs and workshops provides students the opportunity to apply theory with hands-on projects, making them better prepared to enter today’s fast-paced work force.

Upon graduation students will have learned in industry-standard workshops, developing the skills of their chosen profession. Grads leave Sheridan ready and able to begin an apprenticeship.

Highlights

2019 Sheridan Skills Competition Recap

A big thank you to everyone who participated, competed, and came out to witness the 2019 Sheridan Skills competition. This year, students participated in competitions ranging from IT Network Systems Administration to Electrical and plumbing, to Automation & Control, Machining and Mechatronics, and IT Office Software Applications.

Students showed off their knowledge of concepts learned in class, and their talents and hard work throughout the day and were awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals in each competition, as well as prizes from our generous sponsors. Congratulations to all the winners and participants, and we hope to see you next year!

2019 Accidental Apprentice Podcast Feature

Last month, the Accidental Apprentice Podcast came to campus to interview FAST Faculty Craig Brazil and Larry Hamilton in front of a live audience. They discussed their journey into their Industrial Millwright careers and how it led them to their roles as educators, as well as the value of skilled trades and perceptions and misconceptions about the industry. Thank you to the Accidental Apprentice Podcast for visiting and sharing Craig and Larry’s stories!

Turning a New Lens on a Career in the Skilled Trades - Anna Strachan's Story

Anna Strachan, Professor and Program Coordinator in the Skilled Trades, is passionate about her career and educating people on the industry. She recently shared her story with the Sheridan Curiosities blog and discussed her thoughts about the skilled trades industry, and her career journey beginning at just 16 years old.

Thanks to Anna for sharing her story and representing the skilled trades community here at Sheridan.

2019 Halton Skills Competition

This past Tuesday, April 2nd, we attended the 30th annual Halton Skills Competition at Craig Kielburger Secondary School, a competition that engages students in technological and trade education. The competition featured over 40 competitions for elementary and secondary students and over 1200 student competitors, as well as a career showcase and medals ceremony. As a yearly sponsor of the competition, we bring new activities to engage with the students each year at the Sheridan booth. Thanks to David Bradley and Dave De Francesca for representing FAST on that day, and the support from our Community Employment Services partners Kim Bertrand and Elaine Garley.

Sheridan brings home six medals from Skills Ontario 2019

This years Skills Ontario Competition at the Toronto Congress Centre on May 6-8 resulted in six medals in five categories for Sheridan. The annual event bringing 20,000 attendees had 20 Sheridan students in the competition, six of which won in categories including Industrial Mechanic Millwright, Web Design and Development and more. Two of these students from FAST will be representing Sheridan at Skills Canada later this month as a part of Team Ontario. Sheridan also took home second place in the Large Booth category for the booth featuring various interactive activities.

Thank you to everyone who made this year such a huge success, from faculty members who coached the students, the students who participated and gave it their all, as well as support staff and faculty for making the booth such an inviting and interactive space for students to visit and learn.

Davis Community Garden 2019

Our construction trades professor Mariusz Polkowski has put great work into the Davis Community Garden project along with our dual credit students. Grade 11 and 12 students in the dual credit program were engaged with creating their own planter projects that will grow in the Community Garden later this summer. Georg Feil from Applied Computing also captured a “before” drone photo of the garden, so we can see the progress in the garden as it grows.

IMM student secures spot in WorldSkills Competition

Industrial Millwright Mechanic Apprenticeship student Jake Doan has made history by being the first Sheridan student to make it to the WorldSkills Competition in Russia, as part of Team Canada. Jake competed in the 2019 Skills Canada Competition in Halifax at the end of May and came out on top as the successful competitor who is now moving onto WorldSkills.

Jake will compete in the bi-annual skills competition this August in Kazan, Russia. The team of faculty who are supporting him include Brian Vintinner, Craig Brazil, Dave Hillman and Lawrence Hamilton. Good luck, Jake!

Administrators

Daniel Liao
Associate Dean
daniel.liao@sheridancollege.ca
Ext. 5462
Room: A203, STC at Davis

Terry Bullen
Academic Portfolio Administrator
terry.bullen1@sheridancollege.ca
Room: A203, STC at Davis

Kristina Santos
Program Support Specialist
kristina.santos@sheridancollege.ca
Ext. 8059
Room: A203, STC at Davis

Dan Hammond
School Coordinator
Ext. 8161
dan.hammond@sheridancollege.ca
Room A203, STC at Davis

Coordinators

Anna Strachan
Program Coordinator – Precision Machining Programs
anna.strachan@sheridancollege.ca
Ext. 5826
Room A203, STC at Davis

Brian Vintinner
Program Coordinator – Industrial Mechanic Millwright
brian.vintinner@sheridancollege.ca
Room A203, STC at Davis

Steve Summers
Program Coordinator – Welding Program
steven.summers@sheridancollege.ca
Ext. 8077
Room A203, STC at Davis

Brett Clapham
Program Coordinator - Mechanical Techniques-Plumbing
brett.clapham@sheridancollege.ca
Ext. 8051
Room A203, STC at Davis

Dan Hammond
Program Coordinator – Electrical Programs
Ext. 8161
dan.hammond@sheridancollege.ca
Room A203, STC at Davis

Mark Newby
Program Coordinator - Foundational Skills
Ext 5636
mark.newby@sheridancollege.ca
Room A203, STC at Davis

Nancy Potter
Math Tutoring Team Leader - Skilled Trades Programs
Ext. 8023
nancy.potter@sheridancollege.ca
Room A203, STC at Davis