TIMMINS, ON: An award-winning Northern College student spoke to a crowd of youth and parents at Northern’s Go to College Trades and Technology Symposium held last weekend. Kaylie Iserhoff, a third-year Welding Engineering Technology student who recently received a national award from the Canadian Welding Association, joined a panel of students, alumni and employers to share some of her college experiences.
Iserhoff, who hails from Iroquois Falls, came to Northern College Kirkland Lake Campus to study Welding Engineering Technology after earning an honours degree in biology from Lakehead University. She presented a unique viewpoint at the symposium, representing a growing number of university graduates attending colleges to gain hands-on, career-specific training.
“I definitely hope this symposium helps people consider their career options,” said Iserhoff. “I know when I was younger I didn’t even know about the opportunities in trades and technology. Now that these young people do know about them, I hope they give some serious thought to their education and career choices. It’s a great field to get into. Hopefully we’ve changed some minds today.”
In early April, Iserhoff travelled to the Canadian Welding Association’s annual student dinner in Milton, Ontario to receive the Mr. R. M. Gooderham Bursary. The bursary is open to students from across Canada who are in their final year of a welding engineering technician or technology program. Up to ten students receive the award each year.
She was able to attend the event thanks to support from Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.
“Welding Engineering Technology is one of our signature programs, and for good reason,” says Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “Our program is world-renowned for its exceptional, science-based curriculum. Receiving this award is a testament to Ms. Iserhoff’s hard work and dedication and speaks to the quality of our program.”
Iserhoff plans to obtain welding inspector certification from the Canadian General Standards Board and visual inspection certification from the Canadian Welding Bureau.
“I feel ready to transition into the workforce, because I know what I’m getting into,” says Iserhoff. “I’ve had the opportunity to go through two co-op placements. Once I graduate, I’ll be able to write the International Welding Technologist exam and will be able to work in over 50 different countries. I don’t know if I could ask for anything more.”
Northern College’s Welding Engineering Technology program teaches students much more than the skill of welding; it delves deep into the science of metallurgy. The Materials Joining Innovation Centre (MaJIC), an applied research centre that works with industry across North America, is located at Northern’s Kirkland Lake campus. Last year alone, MaJIC hired three Northern College co-op students, providing them with hands-on experience in the welding services industry. The Welding Engineering Technology program is still accepting applications for September. For more information, visit northernc.on.ca/welding.
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