Kelowna red seal electrician wins gold in nationwide contest
By Kim Anderson
Zach Andrews (middle) holds the British Columbia flag after winning gold in the Skills Canada Competition.
Image Credit: Okanagan College
June 28, 2016 - 9:00 PM
KELOWNA - Canadians don’t just win gold medals in hockey. Zach Andrews, a 31-year old red seal certified electrician, has returned home from the Skills Canada Competition with a gold medal in electronics.
Trades like cooking, hairstyling, car painting, heavy equipment service, robotics and aerospace technology are some of the over 40 skill areas to compete in the Skills Canada Competition. This year the competition was held in Moncton, N.B.
Andrews earned his red seal electrician designation in 2009 from the Okanagan College. He continued his education and graduated with an electronic engineering technology diploma last May.
Through the years Andrews has been an apprentice, a student and a working journeyperson, those experiences set him up for success in the competition:
“I was completely taken by surprise when I found out I won. I thought the other competitors from across the country were doing really well. I was pleased to win and I think the education I received throughout the program combined with my knowledge as an electrician really set me up for success. I worked really hard and in this case putting in the work paid off.”
Believe it or not, next up on the horizon for Andrews is more education.
He is enrolled in Okanagan College’s electronic engineering technology bridge to UBC Okanagan electrical engineering program.
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