June 08, 2016 - 9:00 PM
KAMLOOPS - A Thompson Rivers University welding student has won gold at the Skills Canada National Championship, after clinching the provincial title earlier this year.
Andrew Christensen, 20, represented B.C. in the Moncton, N.B., competition, where one person from each province was selected to participate.
Christensen's sister Kelli says he will now be heading to the world championship in Abu Dhabi next year.
In a publication earlier this year, the university said more than 500 post-secondary and high school students compete in more than 40 skilled trades and technology categories in the Skills Canada competition.
That includes aerospace technology, automotive service, brick masonry, carpentry, culinary arts, electrical installations, fashion technology, graphic design, hairstyling, industrial mechanic/millwright, IT network systems, landscape gardening, machining, pipe fitting, refrigeration and air conditioning, and sheet metal work.
Another local university student, Jan Vogler, competed in the heavy equipment service competition, and finished in second place at the national level.
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