2020 Joseph G. Doria Exemplary Student Award: Lucas Bushen

"Welding is my passion and my focus. I like to describe welding as just something that feels right to me – a bit like breathing.”

This award was established in 2013 to promote and encourage the pursuit of a career in welding. It is meant to support a graduating Canadian secondary school student who is entering a full-time welding technician or welding engineering technology program.

Lucas Bushen
Oakville, Ontario
Conestoga College, Manufacturing Engineering Technology (Welding and Robotics)

Lucas Bushen was encouraged by his grandfather to pursue his trades-related interests. Together, they tackled woodworking projects in his grandfather’s shop. Lucas was introduced to welding by his high school teacher. He attended a welding camp at the Crucible, an artists’ studio in California, where he was exposed to different forms of welding as well as blacksmithing. It was there that he discovered how much he enjoyed welding. After his experience at the Crucible, Lucas decided to pursue a career in the trade and enrolled in the welding program at Conestoga College.

“Welding is my passion and my focus,” said Lucas. “I like to describe welding as just something that feels right to me – a bit like breathing.”

Lucas is a strong student. He has consistently been on his high school honour roll and graduated with an average of 90%. Along with a number of awards and achievements, Lucas received the school subject award for both metal manufacturing and woodshop, recognizing the highest marks in the school, and completed a Specialist High Skills Major in energy with a manufacturing focus. He competed in the welding bracket of the Halton Skills Competition in 2019, which was his first real exposure to other youth welders outside his own school. In grade 11, he received a school award in recognition of the wooden benches and steel tubular table frames he built for the school.

Lucas’s work can also be seen out in the community: he designed and welded a holiday light display for the Burlington Festival of Lights, and his “Happy New Year” display will be mounted at Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park for others to enjoy for years to come. In 2017, he volunteered to do demonstration farmsmithing for the public at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Since then, he has sought out opportunities to weld and to work with metals and has created several intricate welded pieces.

In 2019, Lucas completed his grade 12 co-op placement as a Tool & Die Maker’s assistant at Metrican, a metal stamping company in Oakville. Lucas looks forward to learning all he can about welding over the next three years at Conestoga.

“I am honoured to be a recipient of the Joseph G. Doria Exemplary Student Award, and I look forward to making my own contributions to the welding community.”

Congratulations Lucas!