Ryan Matsuba Says Thank You

Ryan Matsuba Says Thank You

First, I would like to begin by thanking everyone at Local 488 for all the support you have given me - it is greatly appreciated. My trip over to Abu Dhabi was truly an adventure of a lifetime and experiencing a world level competition was unforgettable.

As for the competition, competitors had to fabricate a heat recovery coil that we used to heat a tank of water. We then had to use that coil in the main installation portion of the competition, where we built a miniature ice rink.

In order to do this, we had to pipe, pressure test, evacuate, wire, charge with refrigerant and then commission the system to run constantly and as efficient as possible. Three hours were allotted for the fabrication portion and another fourteen hours for the installation.

From there, we were given a faulty ductless split air conditioner with an electrical and mechanical fault built into the unit. We were given a total of 1.5 hours for the electrical fault to find and repair and then another 2.5 for the mechanical fault, where we had to recover the refrigerant, repair the faulty equipment, pressure test, evacuate the unit, charge with refrigerant and then commission it to specifications.

There was certainly some adversity that presented itself to me during the competition but with the training I received, I pushed through and did the best that I could do.

In addition, the number of spectators was overwhelming, so keeping focused at the task at hand and blocking out the distractions was difficult at times. However, meeting and working with all the other experts was amazing and calmed me down a bit - I learned a great deal from them.  

The four days of competition flew by in a blink of an eye. It took a little bit of time for everything to sink in – I had just competed against the best refrigeration mechanics in the world! Even with a certain amount of adversity, the experience was a lot of fun.

Aside from the competition, competitors went on an excursion to the desert. Our hosts provided us with a dinner and we could go ride land rovers on the sand dunes, hop aboard a camel and learn about the Arabic culture in booths they had set up.

Moreover, we also we on a school tour with "One School, One Country". We visited the school and had the opportunity to meet students who showed us how their school system works. It was amazing to see what they learn! For example, a grade 5 student was building robots and getting it to do different tasks, which I thought was amazing.

On our days off we could tour the city as we pleased. Todd (my uncle and mentor) and I went and toured the city, we checked out their malls and went to the beach which was stunning; crystal clear blue water and sandy beaches, it was paradise.

The trip was something I will never forget, again I would like to thank you, All of UA Local 488, Display Fixtures Refrigeration, Todd Matsuba, Didier my expert, Skills Canada and Skills Alberta for all the support and everything you guys have done for me and all the other competitors.

As for the competition, competitors had to fabricate a heat recovery coil that we used to heat a tank of water. We then had to use that coil in the main installation portion of the competition, where we built a miniature ice rink.

In order to do this, we had to pipe, pressure test, evacuate, wire, charge with refrigerant and then commission the system to run constantly and as efficient as possible. Three hours were allotted for the fabrication portion and another fourteen hours for the installation.

From there, we were given a faulty ductless split air conditioner with an electrical and mechanical fault built into the unit. We were given a total of 1.5 hours for the electrical fault to find and repair and then another 2.5 for the mechanical fault, where we had to recover the refrigerant, repair the faulty equipment, pressure test, evacuate the unit, charge with refrigerant and then commission it to specifications.

There was certainly some adversity that presented itself to me during the competition but with the training I received, I pushed through and did the best that I could do.

In addition, the number of spectators was overwhelming, so keeping focused at the task at hand and blocking out the distractions was difficult at times. However, meeting and working with all the other experts was amazing and calmed me down a bit - I learned a great deal from them.  

The four days of competition flew by in a blink of an eye. It took a little bit of time for everything to sink in – I had just competed against the best refrigeration mechanics in the world! Even with a certain amount of adversity, the experience was a lot of fun.

Aside from the competition, competitors went on an excursion to the desert. Our hosts provided us with a dinner and we could go ride land rovers on the sand dunes, hop aboard a camel and learn about the Arabic culture in booths they had set up.

Moreover, we also we on a school tour with "One School, One Country". We visited the school and had the opportunity to meet students who showed us how their school system works. It was amazing to see what they learn! For example, a grade 5 student was building robots and getting it to do different tasks, which I thought was amazing.

On our days off we could tour the city as we pleased. Todd (my uncle and mentor) and I went and toured the city, we checked out their malls and went to the beach which was stunning; crystal clear blue water and sandy beaches, it was paradise.

The trip was something I will never forget, again I would like to thank you, All of UA Local 488, Display Fixtures Refrigeration, Todd Matsuba, Didier my expert, Skills Canada and Skills Alberta for all the support and everything you guys have done for me and all the other competitors.

 

Sincerely,

Ryan