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Release Date: July 31, 2015

Fourth-year apprentice Max Hagedorn shines in national Sheet Metal Workers competition

Max Hagedorn did his trade proud when he brought home the Silver Medal from the 40th annual Canadian Sheet Metal Apprentice Competition held at the West Edmonton Mall last month. Representing local 276 (Vancouver Island Region) of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Max was pitted against 10 other competitors from across the country in a race against time to craft a copper and brass chuck wagon. As part of the three-day competition, Max also completed a 3.5-hour theory test and a 3.5-hour drafting test, demonstrating his all-round proficiency in this diverse and demanding trade

“I was really nervous at the beginning. I had never worked with copper before, and the competition was stressful, tedious and exhausting,” Max says. “But the best part of the whole experience was how sportsman-like and helpful all the other competitors were. Everyone’s project was awesome, we made a bunch of friends, and we all got along really well.”

Sheet Metal instructor and program leader Ken MacDonald says, “Max worked hard to prepare for the contest by coming into the Sheet Metal shop at Camosun after a full day’s work to practice his skills, study four years’ of manuals and notes, and consolidate his applied work experience.”

Max took metal work when in high school, and his teachers said he was a natural. A chance field trip to Camosun when he was in grade 11 helped Max decide to enroll in the Sheet Metal & Metal Fabrication Foundation course after graduating from Mt. Doug High School.

Max recently completed his 4th year Apprentice training and successfully passed his Red Seal exam. After just a few more hours of practical work, Max will be a fully-qualified journeyman, looking forward to a rewarding career.

Congratulations, Max.

Finished project

Camosun sheet metal apprentice and Silver Medal winner, Max Hagedorn.

Last updated: July 31, 2015 10:20 am

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