Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton congratulates Skills Canada gold medal winner Josh Wams at a recent graduation ceremony.

Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton congratulates Skills Canada gold medal winner Josh Wams at a recent graduation ceremony.

College student earns honour

Josh Wams, 20, of Vernon, won gold in electronics at the Skills Canada National Competition

Graduating Okanagan College students demonstrated their expertise once again at the 2015 Skills Canada National Competition in Saskatoon.

Josh Wams, 20, of Vernon, won gold in electronics.

“It was an amazing experience, it felt like the Olympics but for trades and skills. There was a great team spirit throughout the competition,” said Wams.

The competition saw Wams and and other participants use and program an accelerometer — it is the electronic equipment that allows smart phones to flip screen images from horizontal to vertical when tilted. Participants then designed, built, troubleshot and programed a printed circuit board-PCB over the three days of scheduled testing. The students all had the same circuit board to assemble which used small surface mount components. These components are the building blocks of all electronic gadgets we use every day.

“When I was studying at the college we had tons of hands-on training opportunities,” said Wams.

“We were given the tools to learn, some of which is expensive equipment. It’s pretty great that a school has those resources for students to practice on.”

Wams studied the two-year electronic engineering technology diploma program at the college, and plans to pursue an electronic engineering degree at UBC Okanagan.