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January 26, 2006 3:21 PM

Welding Technology Students Earn Excellence Awards

Five students in the Manufacturing Engineering Technology - Welding and Robotics program of Conestoga College have received awards for outstanding program-related achievements, presented by welding industry businesses and associations.

Lincoln Electric Award
Lincoln Electric Canada is a manufacturer and supplier of products and services to the arc welding industry. The $500 award sponsored by the company goes to a third-year student in the program in recognition of technical project excellence. Sharing the award are Darby Burse of Stoney Creek and Tavis MacDonald of Kitchener. Project-based work that applies theory to industrial situations is central to Manufacturing Engineering Technology - Welding and Robotics, as it is to all Conestoga technology programs.

Praxair Academic Awards
Praxair Canada Inc. is a leading supplier of atmospheric, process and specialty gases to a wide range of industries, as well as to the health care sector. Praxair sponsors two $500 awards, which go to the first-year and second-year students who achieve the highest academic average. The winner of the first-year award is Colin Spencely of Guelph, while the second-year award winner is Adam MacDonald of Collingwood.

Canadian Welding Association Golden Triangle Award
The Canadian Welding Association (CWA) advances the welding profession by promoting information sharing and co-operation among welding manufacturers, suppliers, employers and professionals, as well as by promoting productive relationships between the industry and government. The Golden Triangle Chapter of CWA serves midwestern Ontario. It sponsors a $250 award for the Conestoga student who wins the contest to represent Conestoga at the annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC). The award goes to Ben VanDorp of Egbert, who won a provincial gold medal at the 2005 OTSC and then went on to capture a national gold medal at the 2005 Canadian Skills Competition.


Manufacturing Engineering Technology - Welding and Robotics is a three-year diploma program located at Conestoga's campus in Guelph. It is a highly specialized and advanced welding technology program with major emphasis on robotic programming, industrial automation systems, production planning and quality assurance.

CONTACT: Karsten Madsen, 519-824-9390, ext. 161

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