HVAC students race against the clock

Heating Systems Gauntlet Champions accept their awards at CMPX. First place winner (centre) Owen Buckley and second place winner (left) Ryan Sutherland of George Brown College, and Jim Adams accepting on behalf of Braden Jackson of HiMark Occupational Skills Training Centre Ltd.

Some healthy competition, and the hard work of numerous volunteers, gave students the chance to showcase their HVAC skills at CMPX 2022. The event, which ran over two days, was limited to post secondary students due to COVID.

Participants competed for the title of Heating Systems Gauntlet Champion. George Brown students Owen Buckley and Ryan Sutherland placed first and second respectively, and Braden Jackson of HiMark Occupational Skills Training Centre Ltd. placed third.

The competition featured hands-on practical challenges as students raced against the clock to demonstrate, through practical application, their skills and task knowledge relevant to: electricity, pressure, mechanics of hydrocarbon fuel-based heating systems; ability to understand and follow wiring diagrams and manuals; knowledge and application of applicable health and safety regulations; adjusting and checking of safety and operating controls including equipment commissioning of a gas-fired appliance as per the manufacturer’s instructions; and problem solving in relation to heating systems.

Click here to hear what Todd Smith, MPP and Ontario Energy Minister had to say about the Heating Systems Gauntlet Competition.