Category: Local News
Written by Rae Hathaway
A challenge from Cobalt Industries in Portage la Prairie was answered by four students from MacGregor Collegiate’s mechanical drafting course, and one from the shops course.
They all designed fire pits, and Aaron Klassen’s entry was chosen for produced production.
He was at Cobalt yesterday morning, watching it happen, and calls it special.“I didn’t really expect to have mine picked,” he says, “I thought some of the others would win over mine. I didn’t think I’d get the chance to come down to a local big town, and see my own project get fabricated like this.
Calvin Turko’s Cobalt’s Computer Numerical Control Supervisor, and tells us how Klassen’s design was chosen.
“The other designs were pretty amazing, too,” he says, “The other designs were a little more intricate, and would have taken a lot more resources and time. This one fit in with the amount of time we had allotted for this. And it’s a very functional product — something that could easily be taken to market, and be sold.”
Drafting course teacher Carlee Blyth sees this competition as important.
“For me, I think this is an important piece of their learning,” she says, “To see the connection between what we do in the classroom, and what’s going on in this industry in our community, right close to where we live, to make those connections with the career opportunities.”