After completing the Introduction to Technology course in Grade 9, I knew manufacturing was going to be my passion and career path. I was lucky enough to have many technology teachers who exposed me to the various avenues associated with technology.

Growing up I always loved to build things and loved to study how the different parts went together. I was gifted a soldering iron from my uncle years ago and learning to solder metal together really sparked my welding interest. Once I was able to have hands-on experience with the different machinery in the manufacturing shop in high school, I quickly discovered welding stood out to me as the most interesting, versatile and rewarding trade.

In Grade 11 and 12 I was selected to join my school’s Robotics Team. I was on the manufacturing team and was responsible for building a climber that would attach to the robot. I loved the process of modifying and testing the mechanism to ensure the climber was able to meet all required specifications. While working on the climber, I was often at the school until after 11 p.m. most nights which made managing my course workload and attaining honour roll status a greater challenge. I was an honour roll student in Grades 9 through 12 and graduated in June of 2021 as a scholar student. I was also enrolled in the Specialized High School Major (SHSM) program with a focus on Energy.

My manufacturing teachers were always very pleased with my commitment and dedication to welding. When they wanted to thank one of our Robotics gold sponsors with a gift, I was asked to weld a Christmas tree stand. I loved being chosen to create a handmade thank you gift using my welding skills. One of the local baseball teams also reached out to me to manufacture and weld a hitting target for their practices.

Throughout my high school years, I accumulated over 90 hours of community involvement. As a rep baseball player for 10 years, I believe in giving back and volunteered to assist with the House League program to teach new players skills and drills. I also volunteered my time for a summer as a pitching coach for a 13U team.

My Grade 12 Co-op placement was at Burloak Tool and Die where I assisted as a press operator. Upon completion of my co-op, the company offered me a full-time summer position which I am really enjoying. This has given me great exposure to a workplace setting in the manufacturing field.

I have been accepted into Conestoga College for the Manufacturing Engineering Technology - Welding and Robotics program for Fall 2021. After college I plan on pursuing a welding career and eventually starting my own manufacturing and welding business.

I am so grateful to have been selected as a recipient of the Joseph G. Doria Student Award. Receiving funding is helping with all the expenses related to post-secondary education. I am honoured to represent the CWB Welding Foundation as an award recipient for 2021.

Sincerely, Carter Dombek