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Sheridan to host Industrial Mechanics competition for 2022 WorldSkills Competition Special Edition

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Sheridan College through Canada’s WorldSkills member, Skills/Compétences Canada, has been selected to host the Industrial Mechanics category for the 2022 WorldSkills Competition Special Edition this fall.

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Sheridan will welcome between 60 to 70 country/region representatives, including nine competitors, to the Magna Skilled Trades Centre, at Sheridan’s Davis campus in Brampton. The competition will take place from October 18 to 20, 2022. It is the only competition being held in Canada and one of three in North America.

The competition is the largest and most influential skills competition in the world. Every two years, young people compete to earn the title of world champion in their skill area. Industrial mechanic competitors demonstrate skills in installation, maintenance and repair of stationary industrial machinery in factories, production plants and recreational facilities.

Participants take a grueling route to reach the WorldSkills Competition, succeeding at multiple levels of competition with the national champions earning the right to represent their country on the world stage.

Now in its 46th year, the WorldSkills Competition celebrates and recognizes excellence in skilled trades. Traditionally, it takes place every two years in one location, featuring over 1,600 competitors from 63 countries, competing in categories that run the gamut from manufacturing and engineering technology to architectural stonemasonry and landscape gardening.

Earlier this year, WorldSkills International announced that the 2022 competition, originally to be held in Shanghai, China would not be possible because of COVID-related factors. Instead, the different skill areas will be held at venues around the world for the WorldSkills Competition Special Edition.

Skills/Compétences Canada, and Sheridan in particular, played a key role in adding IM to the WorldSkills suite of competitions. Craig Brazil, professor and coordinator of the Industrial Mechanics and Millwright (IMM) program, worked tirelessly on a seven-year mission to have the competition recognized. It was first introduced in 2015.

Beyond the competition, WorldSkills provides leaders in industry, government and education with the opportunity to exchange information and best practices regarding industry and professional education. It also works to inspire school-aged youth to dedicate themselves to technical careers.

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