City electrician seeks world title

A Red Deer man has the chance to be named the best young electrician in the world. Craig Spady, 22, is one of eight Albertans representing Team Canada at WorldSkills Calgary 2009 from Tuesday until Monday Sept. 7 at Stampede Park. He will compete in electrical installations.

A Red Deer man has the chance to be named the best young electrician in the world.

Craig Spady, 22, is one of eight Albertans representing Team Canada at WorldSkills Calgary 2009 from Tuesday until Monday Sept. 7 at Stampede Park.

He will compete in electrical installations.

Spady has been practising his wiring and crimping skills for the last four months. The journeyman electrician took time off his job at Q-2 Electrical Contractors Ltd. in Red Deer so he could prepare for four days of competition.

WorldSkills provides a package of drawings and other materials so competitors know what to expect.

Spady travelled to France earlier this year for training.

He’s also been practising at Red Deer College, where he was given a room to train in. He has a teacher helping him, too.

A plywood work station with similar dimensions to the Calgary competition was built for him to use.

“I install all the panels and devices and pieces of equipment on there and wire them up,” said Spady. “It’s a scaled down version of working in the industry.”

Spady will be wrangling with 30 others from various countries.

“I’m excited to go down there and for the experience,” he said.

Spady first competed in the 2008 Provincial Skills Competition in Calgary where he was able to win a spot on Team Canada.

The 38-member Team Canada will compete against 900 others from 51 countries/regions for the chance to win medals in more than 45 skills ranging from mobile robotics to aircraft maintenance. All are under the age of 23.

ltester@bprda.wpengine.com

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