Four students from Red River College took part in the 2017 Instrumentation Student Games at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary on March 16-17. They arrived with support from the Certified Technicians and Technologists of Manitoba (CTTAM), who sponsored airfare and transportation to make sure the students were in prime condition to face four multilayered challenges testing their instrumentation and control engineering skills.
“The event is structured to be non-competitive between the schools participating,” says David Bertin, the RRC instructor who accompanied the quartet. “We take the students and divide them into teams with peers from other institutions – no two students from the same school are on the same team.”
This year there were 16 teams with students from Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, Washington State, Oklahoma, Houston and even as far as Brazil.
“This is an event our students always look forward to and it gives them a chance to learn from other students in other programs. Our courses all have similarities, but there are differences between institutions so it’s a good chance to get a benchmark reading to see how we measure up.”
The RRC students who participated this year are Kyle Thiessen, Yantan Zhang, Dom Van den Bussche and Quentin Leroux. CTTAM’s support contributed to the students’ success and allowed them to take full-advantage of the event.
“The drive to Calgary is over 16 hours and it’s time students have to give up from their classes”, says Bertin. “Having CTTAM support us by providing airfare to and from the event makes a huge difference for our participants and we are very appreciative for their support.”