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  Ontario Preparing Students for Jobs of Tomorrow

Province Helping 50,000 Students Gain Valuable Work Experience

Ministry of Education

Ontario is helping more young people prepare for successful careers with hands-on work experience and career counselling.

Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, was at the Economic Club today to talk about investments that Ontario is making in financial literacy and on-the-job learning.

Starting in September, more than 50,000 students will be enrolled in almost 1,900 Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs that allow them to focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests, while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. This represents 2,000 additional students and 108 new programs for the 2017-18 school year. Students can choose from 19 different sectors, including agriculture, health and wellness, and transportation to help them prepare for apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.

Over the next three years Ontario will introduce 17,000 more Grade 11 and 12 students to career options while obtaining their high school diploma, through the expansion of the SHSM program. As part of the 2017 budget, Ontario will invest nearly $190 million over three years to create 40,000 real world learning opportunities for students and recent graduates through the Career Kick-Start Strategy.

Opening doors to new careers is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts


Major Update for 2017

Andrew Wheeler

Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) is a crucial part of any design and manufacturing process. The number of things you have to check off on your list before you begin transforming your digital geometry into its physical twin is extensive.

ModuleWorks software components are integrated with many popular CAD/CAM software and have many different applications, including port machining, turbine blades, cutting tools and the trimming of plastic components, among many others.

Different companies and organizations in the global CAD/CAM industry have been using ModuleWorks 5-Axis and Simulation software to manufacture complex parts for more than 10 years, and the new ModuleWorks 2017.4 has some interesting new features for TurnMill, turning, simulation, and 3-axis and 5-axis machining.

Turning and Milling into One Process

CombiningTurnMill is pretty striking right off the bat because it is a new, nearly completely automated cutting process that is a combination of turning and milling. These two processes are conventionally siloed, but it’s easy to understand how a combination would help boost productivity in the machining shop or manufacturing facility where you work.

This new feature can be used on larger geometries and with problematic machining material.

New Tilt Angle Control Relative to a Fixed Rotation Axis

For you 5-axis machinists, there is a feature that allows you to define start and end angles, and your tool will incrementally alter the tilt angle, which will secure your confidence that the tool will stay away from your blade root.

New Linking Features

You can now use a new blend spline to link two contours, and if a collision registers, the blend spline extends, securing the main shape and ensuring a problem-free transition. Spline dimensions are now limited to the part’s extended boundary, and the air-move safety distance is never violated.

Another new feature is 2-axis chamfering that allows users to process sharp edges and deburring operations by generating deburring and chamfer toolpaths.

For turning processes, a new feature for processing inner surfaces allows you to employ existing roughing and finishing strategies.

Offset Roughing with Default Lead-Outs for 3-Axis Machining

By creating lead-out segments, you will be able to prevent too much grinding between a part and a tool during retraction. This new feature also helps you reduce the probability of making shatter marks while machining.

New Simulation Features: Move List and Material Analysis

Included among the improvements made to the Move List in the Machine Simulator are the abilities to add comments, see axis values in columns divided by comments, hide or show comments and move values around. Users can now resize columns and reset to default automatically.

Analysis will now show you your remaining material in two different colors, one designated for climb and another for your conventional cutting direction, which allows you to make an easy visual assessment during simulation operations.

For more in-depth information on these new features of ModuleWorks 2017.4, check out these YouTube videos posted by the company.



Top 10 Benefits of BIM

The move from 2D drawings to 3D models is well underway and gaining steam in the architectural, engineering, and construction industry, thanks to tangible bottom-line returns from streamlined workflows.

The model-based approach increases efficiency within individual organizations and truly shines during coordinated project delivery. Building information modeling can drive time and budget savings for building and infrastructure projects.

Here are the top 10 benefits of building information modeling (BIM)

1. Capture Reality. The wealth of information that’s easily accessible about project sites has expanded greatly with better mapping tools and images of Earth. Today, project starts include aerial imagery and digital elevation, along with laser scans of existing infrastructure, accurately capturing reality and greatly streamlining project preparations. With BIM, designers benefit from all of that input compiled and shared in a model—in a way that paper isn’t able to capture.

(Image courtesy of Redshift.)(Image courtesy of Redshift.)(Image courtesy of Redshift.)
(Image courtesy of Redshift.)

2. Waste Not, Want Not. With a shared model, there’s less need for rework and duplication of drawings for the different requirements of building disciplines. The model contains more information than a drawing set, allowing each discipline to annotate and connect their intelligence to the project. BIM drawing tools have the advantage of being faster than 2D drawing tools, and each object is connected to a database. The database aids such steps as the number and size of windows for quantity takeoffs that are updated automatically as the model evolves. The quick, computerized counting of components alone has been a significant labor and money saver.

3. Maintain Control. The digital model-based workflow involves such aids as autosave and connections to project history so that users can be certain they’ve captured their time spent working on the model. The connection to the version history of the model’s evolution can help you avoid disastrous disappearances or corruption of files that can make blood boil and impinge productivity.

4. Improve Collaboration. Sharing and collaborating with models is easier than with drawing sets, as there are a lot of functions that are possible only through a digital workflow. Much of this added project-management functionality is now being delivered in the cloud, such as Autodesk’s BIM 360 solutions. Here, there are tools for different disciplines to share their complex project models and to coordinate integration with their peers. Review and markup steps ensure that everyone has had input on the evolution of the design, and that they are all ready to execute when the concept is finalized and moves forward in construction.

(Image courtesy of Redshift.)

5. Simulate and Visualize. There are an increasing number of simulation tools that allow designers to visualize such things as the sunlight during different seasons or to quantify or the calculation of building energy performance. The intelligence of the software to apply rules that are based on physics and best practices provides a complement for engineers and other project team members. The software can do much more of the analysis and modeling to achieve peak performance, condensing knowledge and rules into a service that can run with the click of a button.

6. Resolve Conflict. The BIM toolset helps automate clash detection of elements such as electrical conduit or ductwork that run into a beam. By modeling all of these things first, clashes are discovered early, and costly on-site clashes can be reduced. The model also ensures a perfect fit of elements that are manufactured off-site, allowing these components to be easily bolted into place rather than created on-site.

7. Sequence Your Steps. With a model and an accurate set of sub-models for each phase during construction, the next step is a coordinated sequencing of steps, materials, and crews for a more efficient construction process. Complete with animations, the model facilitates coordination of steps and processes, delivering a predictable path to the expected outcome.

8. Dive into Detail. The model is a great end point for a lot of knowledge transfer, but there’s also a need to share a traditional plan, section, and elevation, as well as other reports with your project team. Using automation and customization features, these added sheets can save valuable drafting time.

9. Present Perfectly. With all of the design completed on a capture and alteration of existing reality, the model is the ultimate communication tool to convey the project scope, steps, and outcome. The fact that the design is fully 3D also means that there are fewer steps to render impressive views and fly-throughs that can be used to sell commercial space or to gain necessary regulatory approvals.

(Image courtesy of Redshift.)
(Image courtesy of Redshift.)

10. Take It With You. With the added benefit of a model that’s tied to a database, you have a great deal of intelligence at your fingertips. Combining this capability with the cloud, as with Autodesk’s BIM 360 Field software, means that you have access to the model and project details from anywhere, on any device.

For more details on the advantages of model-based design, be sure to read The Devil Is in the BIM Details: Levels of Development Provide 3D-Model ClarityCollaboration: How Architects and Engineers Can Work Together with BIM in the Cloud, and these articles on the smart use of BIM.

This article originally appeared on Autodesk’s Redshift, a site dedicated to inspiring designers, engineers, builders, and makers.

Skills Ontario Provincial Competitions

Congratulations on the Gold-medal winning performances of the ETOBICOKE C.I.  students listed below who have also been registered to participate in the Skills Ontario Provincial Competitions at the Toronto Congress Centre on May 2 (1 day competitions) and May 1-2 (2 day competitions).













May 2

Wendell Straker




Mechanical CAD

May 2

Wendell Straker




Robotics Team of 4

May 1-2

Wendell Straker




Robotics Team of 4

May 1-2

Wendell Straker




Robotics Team of 4

May 1-2

Wendell Straker




Robotics Team of 4

May 1-2

Wendell Straker




Robotics Team of 2

May 2

Wendell Straker




Robotics Team of 2

May 2

Wendell Straker








    GOLD - MECHANICAL CAD (Computer Aided Drawing) 

    GOLD - CAM (Computerized Aided Manufacturing)



          TEAM ECI would be participating in the 2017 TDSB Technological Skills Competition on March 8, 2017 at Weston CI in 5 areas:



    3. MECHANICAL CAD (Computer Aided Drawing) 

    4. CAM (Computerized Aided Manufacturing)


    All of our participants are from Grade 11 & 12; Robotics & Control Systems, Mechanical & Industrial Design and Manufacturing Technology Courses.

    ROBOTICS - Team of four (Evan Wray, Lucas Tallala, Joshua Olowoyeye and Ryan Bartsch)

    ROBOTICS & CONTROL SYSTEMS - Team of two (Nathaniel Rzepka and Christopher Rzepka)

    MECHANICAL CAD (Justin Wray)

    CAM (Botao Wei)


    Note: Our students must win GOLD to represent the TDSB at the Provincials




    Precision Machining - Gold

    Mechanical CAD - Gold and Silver

    Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) - Gold


    Mechanical CAD - Gold

    Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) - Gold

    Robotics - Gold

    Robotics and Control Systems - Silver


    Precision Machining - Gold

    Mechanical CAD - Gold, Silver and Bronze


    Precision Machining - Gold and Silver

    Mechanical CAD - Gold and Silver


    Precision Machining - Silver and Bronze

    Mechanical CAD - Gold and Silver


    Skills Ontario Competition - Secondary

    Taking place May 1-3 , 2017, the Skills Ontario Competition is Canada's largest skilled trade and technology competition. 

    The Skills Ontario Competition offers a unique opportunity for top students to demonstrate that they are the best of the best in their field. Over the two and a half days, they turn the heads of their educators, family, friends and prospective employers. Winners are awarded with Gold, Silver or Bronze medals - and some with monetary awards, too - and the opportunity to compete at the Skills Canada National Competition. From there, competitors could be headed to a WorldSkills Competition.  Please use the tabs to the right to learn more about competing at the Skills Ontario Competition.

    For 27 years now, students in Ontario secondary schools have had a chance each Spring to compete against their peers in a wide variety of technological skills contests as part of OTSC - the Ontario Technological Skills Competitions, presented by Skills Ontario/Canada.  What started as a small-scale production in Hamilton those many years ago, has now grown to an incredibly impressive showing of technological skills being demonstrated by students from the Elementary, Secondary, and Post-Secondary levels.  The Experiential Learning Department facilitates these competitions at the Secondary level annually, and it is during those contests that we determine who will advance to the provincial (OTSC) competitions.  For students who win Gold at OTSC, they may have the chance to advance further to the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) depending on the competition category (not all contests have a national level, some end at the provincial level).


    Ontario Technological Skills Competition  

    2016 - Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) - Silver

    2015 - Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) - Gold

    2014 - Precision Machining - Silver


    FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)


    2007 - GTA West - 23rd/63Teams

    2008 - GTA West - 64th/64 Teams

    2009 -



    [The first FIRST TDSB Team to win two Regionals in the same year and represented Canada at the World Robotics Championship in Alanta, Georgia; where, 393 robots from all over the world competed in the Edward Jones Dome. We made it to the quarter-finals in the CURRIE FIELD but lost 2/3]

    2010 - WATERLOO REGIONAL - 28th/30 & GTA West REGIONAL - 24th/52 Teams

    2011 - DNP (Did Not Participate)

    2012 - GTA East - Quarter-finalist & GTA West - Semi-finalist

    2014 - GTA West - Semi-finalist

    2015 -GTA East - 27/47 Teams & North Bay  Quarter-finalist

    2016 - GTA East - 20/39 Teams & North Bay Quarter - finalist


    Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Dean Kamen, Founder Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. ]


    2016 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge

    Secondary/Engineering Design

    Congratulations to the winner from Etobicoke CI

    Li Cheng Yu ($2,5000.00US)


    2015 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge

    Secondary/Engineering Design

    Congratulations to our finalists

    Matthew Downing (Permanently Affixed Lens Cap Concept)


    Li Cheng Yu (Socket Cube) the $1,000.00US Secondary/Engineering Design 3rd place student from Etobicoke CI

    Canadian Students Honoured in Stratasys’ Extreme Redesign Competition

    On April 28th, the winners of the 11th annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge, hosted by Stratasys, were announced. . In 2015, over 750 students, attending institutions all over the world, submitted their entries for this year’s contest. Although an international contest, it seems that Canadian students consistently make an impact in this contest, placing in podium positions. Over the previous years, Canadian students have consistently placed within the top three in all categories of the competition, and 2015 was no exception. Once again Canada has been extremely well represented in this contest. Cimetrix Solutions is extremely proud of all our Canadian participants for continuously representing our country in such an innovative manner, and on a stellar performance during this years contest.



    Not stopping there, Canadian students also placed in the top three in both engineering categories. In the Secondary Education Engineering division, the Socket Cube Concept, developed by Etobicoke CI student, Li Cheng Yu, received 3rd place in this year’s contest ($1000.00US)

    Canada was also represented strongly in the Post-Secondary Education Engineering division, as 2nd, and 3rd place positions were both taken by Canadian students. Alexandre Beznogov and Jossef Roozitalab Shirazi, of Ryerson University, placed 3rd for their Ice Twist entry



    Aerospace Engineering

    The Ryerson University High School Competition

    2013 - R/C Plane Competition - 1st Place

    2014 - Rocket Competition - 1st Place  










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