Magnitogorsk Polytechnic Students To Compete in WorldSkills 2017

16 October 2017 (15:03)

UrBC, Magnitogorsk, October 16, 2017. The 44th WorldSkills Competition 2017 will open in the United Arab Emirates’ capital Abu Dhabi tomorrow. Two students of Magnitogorsk Polytechnic (Alexander Arapov and Maxim Aksenov) will compete as part of the Russian national team in Mechatronics.

According to Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works (MMK) Information & PR Department, the two students are studying production automation. Both Alexander Arapov and Maxim Aksenov have taken part in all kinds of skills contests before; they won the first prize in the local round of the WorldSkills championship as well as the first prize in the All-Russian Mechatronics Contest. They both worked at MMK Rolling Mill Department 11 as interns and are planning to come and work at the plant after graduation. Both contestants have been preparing for the Abu Dhabi round of the championship since December 2016.

The 43d WorldSkills Competition was held in São Paulo, Brazil, in August 2015. Alexander Karnaukhov and Konstantin Krementsov, who were students of Magnitogorsk Polytechnic at the time, came 14th out of 40 teams and won the Highest Skills Medal. The winners also received Russian President Vladimir Putin’s honorable mention. As many as eighty teams will come to Abu Dhabi this year, but Arapov and Aksenov’s thorough training should still secure them high scores.

Mechatronics got introduced at Magnitogorsk schools after MMK launched a large-scale upgrades program. Magnitogorsk Polytechnic is the key college to train blue-collar workers for MMK, so students can study Mechatronics there from as early as December 2012. This is one of the most promising fields for students to specialize in at the moment. MMK invested a lot in student training and setting up the facilities for the school.

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