Michael Scheideman

Team Canada, WorldSkills Leipzig 2013

Hometown: Wembley, AB

Post-Secondary Institution: NAIT

Employer: Albright Ref & Air Conditioning

Expert: Todd Matsuba

Trainer: Sean Donnan

Skills Competition: 2012 Provincials and Nationals, Team Canada 2013

WorldSkills team includes GP-born talent

Refrigeration Mechanic brings gold home to Canada

Mike Scheideman, proudly competed at the WorldSkills Competition in Leipzig, Germany from July 2nd to 7th, 2013. When the final medal announcement was made, it was Mike who walked away with the top spot on the world stage for Refrigeration with a gold medal.  He was one of 11 competitors representing Alberta on Team Canada. 

Currently employed at Albright Refrigeration in Grande Prairie, he heard about Skills Competitions in 2010 from one of his instructors at NAIT, and placed 5th at the provincial competition that year. He went on to win Gold at the national and provincial competitions in 2012, which qualified him to compete at the world level. 

Mike enjoys many things about the refrigeration and air- conditioning mechanic trade. “I like working with my hands and having a variety of work that I can do, which means every day is different,” he said. “I also like that refrigeration is a very in-depth trade that involves plumbing, electrical and welding.” 

Mike, who lives in Wembley, sees Skills Canada Competitions as an excellent way to learn new things and improve his skills. He believes his greatest strengths for the competition are his ability to work well under pressure and to work fast with his hands. 

“The experience I continue to gain from competing in Skills Competitions will help me in my career by teaching me to work even better under pressure, to follow guidelines, and to work with precision – all things that will make me a better mechanic,” he said.

Mike completed his training on weekends and is thankful for the support he has received from his employer, his trainer, and his friends and family. His plans for the future are to keep working, obtain his journeyman certificate with Red Seal, and do his best to represent Canada and Alberta next summer. 

A former WorldSkills Competitor, Sean Donnan, is Mike's trainer giving him an advantage as he prepared for the four day intense competition.

WorldSkills Competitions are held every two years and bring together hundreds of young skilled people from around the world to compete in various trades/technologies and test their skills against the best of their peers from regional and national skill competitions held in more than 50 countries/regions.