Conestoga news

July 15, 2009 9:50 AM

Babcock & Wilcox Scholarships Go to Outstanding Tech Students

Two Conestoga mechanical engineering technology students have each earned a $1,875 scholarship from Babcock & Wilcox Canada for their academic accomplishments, demonstrated leadership and contribution to college life.

The honours go to Brett Chalmers of Cambridge and Jonathan Dobson of Kitchener. Both are enrolled in diploma programs that feature co-op education - Dobson in Mechanical Engineering Technology - Robotics and Automation, and Chalmers in Mechanical Engineering Technology - Design and Analysis.

Babcock & Wilcox Canada presents two scholarships each year at Conestoga, to promote excellence and achievement in advanced technology studies aligned with its activities as Canada's largest manufacturer of fossil and nuclear steam generation systems, environmental-emissions technology and services for the electric power, pulp and paper and industrial markets.

Because both winners are co-operative education students, the company will extend to them the offer of employment for the period of their third program-related co-op education work term. The cash portion of the award will go to the students upon their registration in September.

The Design and Analysis option focuses on production processes that illustrate the integration of design and manufacturing. Graduates successfully find employment in areas such as computer-aided design operations, research and development, technical sales and marketing, and advanced technology equipment installation and testing.

Robotics and Automation centres around creation and control of automated manufacturing processes involving electronics, hydraulics, pneumatics, programmable logic controllers and computer-aided operations. Graduates typically go on to careers in automation programming and maintenance, fluid power automation, advanced technology equipment design and maintenance, and automation and robotics marketing.

CONTACT: Mitch Wawzonek (Conestoga College), 519-748-5220, ext. 3297; Paul Olinski (Babcock & Wilcox Canada), 519-621-2130