Media Release

October 15, 2021
 
St Marys DCVI students in the Manufacturing Technology program are currently involved in a project with a long lasting real life application. The grade 11 and 12 students are working with an area sheet metal company to produce ductwork pieces that will be used on a six story 86 unit condominium being built in Guelph. The students are part of the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) - Manufacturing program and participants in the program have the opportunity to work on a Sector Partnered Experience (SPE). During an SPE students work with a community partner to solve a challenge presented to them. Often this is a hypothetical challenge or a real life one that doesn’t go beyond the planning stage. In this example students are getting to physically build the ductwork pieces knowing that the fruits of their labour will be used next week on the job site.
 
Chris Huber, Manufacturing Technology teacher at DCVI, used his connections from his time in the trade to arrange the project with Wellington Sheet Metal Ltd. The students were exposed to pattern development skills that included doing the mathematical calculations and the physical layout of their design on a piece of flat stock before using trade techniques to cut it out and form the seals required to produce individual pieces of ductwork.
 
With plans to be a welder after finishing grade 12 this year, Zach Rooney liked the experience because he could see how the layout skills were transferable to his future trade. The students have clearly taken ownership in the project.  The room was a buzz of activity as Kirk Borehan was explaining how he could see this as valuable career experience when he interrupted himself to explain to a peer how to mirror the layout to create the other side of the duct.
 
Jenna Switzer is a grade 12 SHSM student with future plans to work in conservation management. Although her plans don’t directly relate to the Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) trade, she enjoyed knowing how it is done so she can appreciate the work that was done on her own house. Both Jenna and Adrianne Butler agreed it was “pretty cool working on a real life project”. Adrianne, also a grade 12 SHSM student, has plans to become a Heavy Equipment Technician. She explored Technical classes in all four years of high school before narrowing in on that trade after visiting Fanshawe College in London on a SHSM field trip.
 
Huber has been encouraging the students to sign and date the inside of their ductwork as a legacy piece. It will be something they will know will be there for many decades to come. The students are looking forward to the day they can drive past the completed building with their parents and point out that: “something I built is inside there”.
For more information on the Specialist High Skills Major Program and other pathways programming offered at Avon Maitland District School board, visit amdsb.ca/pathways.
 
For more information, please contact:
Chera Longston, Manager of Communications and Public Relations
519-301-6363 (cell);
 
Image 1: SMDCVI grade 12 student Zach Rooney using a sheet metal shear
 
SMDCVI grade 12 student Zach Rooney using a sheet metal shear
 
Image 2: SMDCVI grade 12 student Jenna Switzer using tin snips to cut out a piece for her ductwork
 
SMDCVI grade 12 student Jenna Switzer using tin snips to cut out a piece for her ductwork
 
Image 3: SMDCVI grade 12 students Jenna Switzer and Adrianne Butler using tin snips to hand cut sheet metal pieces for their ductwork
 
SMDCVI grade 12 students Jenna Switzer and Adrianne Butler using tin snips to hand cut sheet metal pieces for their ductwork
 
Image 4: SMDCVI teacher Chris Huber demonstrating forming a sheet metal seam to the students in his Manufacturing Technology class.
 
SMDCVI teacher Chris Huber demonstrating forming a sheet metal seam to the students in his Manufacturing Technology class.