Robert Bateman Halton Skills competition winners

Robert Bateman High School teacher Michael D'Agostino is proud of his students for winning the Halton Skills Competition. The competition was held at Craig Kielburger Secondary School in Milton on April 9.

Students Emily Fell won gold in the Auto Refinishing Competition, Walker Tomlinson "The Nibbler" won gold and Jacob Chapman "REX" won silver in the Auto Body and Collision Competition. Johnny Parker "Break-a-Ranger" just missed out of the metal rounds but is ready to win it all next year.

All winning students were part of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) and Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Auto body and Paint Program offered at Bateman High School.

Emily and Walker will be moving on to the Ontario Skills Competition next month at RIM Park in Kitchener/Waterloo.

The purpose of the competition is to evaluate and recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in many technical fields. The competition is between Grade 4-12 Halton District School Board and Halton Catholic School Board students.

The Robert Batman School students who entered the Auto Collision Repair competition were tested on their ability to:

• Measure, cut, fit, and weld repair panels.

• Interpret vehicle dimensions, specifications, and accurately measure given points on a vehicle.

• Perform structural adhesive repairs on plastic components.

• Metal shape and finish a panel repair with the use of a hammer, dolly, File, and plastic fillers.