Precision Skills student heads to Brazil for world competition
March 10, 2015

A young man with a beard and safety glasses looks down at some equipment in his hands.Tyler Magri is simply the best at what he does.

Tyler, a second-year Georgian College Mechanical Technician – Precision Skills student, is already number one in Canada for CNC milling at the Skills Canada level. This week, he qualified to serve as the sole Canadian representative in his category at the World Skills Competition being held in Sao Paulo, Brazil,in August.

Tyler had his first taste of machining in high school. From there, it was a natural move to enrol in Georgian’s Precision Skills program with the aim of qualifying for a career in the field.

“I just love the activity of CNC milling,” Tyler says. “I’ve always been good at making things and like seeing the end result.”

At Georgian, faculty member Jurgen Hierholzer saw promise in him and convinced him to take part in the Skills Ontario competition. Tyler’s success there led to the national championship and now, after a qualifying round at the Barrie Campus, Skills Canada has officially chosen him to head to Brazil. Hierholzer regularly encourages his students to take part in Skills Ontario activities as a way to generate passion and enthusiasm for their chosen field.

Tyler’s most recent training replicated what happens in competition. He was given paper plans for objects to be made from blocks of aluminum and steel. Then it’s up to him to use his skills and knowledge with CAD/CAM software and a state-of-the-art milling machine to create the finished products.

Contestants are judged on the accuracy of their work – measured in microns – as well as how much they are able complete as the clock ticks down a three, four or seven-hour session. The projects are so challenging at the highest level of competition that participants rarely have time to finish before the buzzer sounds.

The work is not as simple as entering data into a laptop and letting the machine do all the work. Just as they would on the job, contestants need to show skill and judgment in deciding how to approach the finished product – which surface to work on first, which tools to use and in what sequence, and how fast they can proceed without bungling the project.

Tyler and Hierholzer have put in many hours of volunteer training and practice in the past year, and they will continue working at least once a week until they leave for Brazil. It’s hard work but so far it has paid off.

That Tyler has reached such heights already speaks highly of Georgian’s Precision Skills program and demonstrates the kinds of opportunities that lie ahead for Georgian students.

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