Parlez-vous Français? 2nd language training, Academic OJE’s, & other summer training
By: 27182 Officer Cadet (IV) Carmen Kiltz
It’s early July, the sun is high in the sky, the air conditioners are running full throttle, and up until the recent influx of Sea Cadet Instructors, RMC has been a calm ebb and flow of Officer Cadets focused on their summer training here in Kingston.
We are well into the summer semester here at RMC, and while most Officer Cadets have been swept away to locations across the country to complete summer training, work with cadets, or operate in government facilities, there are still a number of students whose entire focus is to parlez-Français day in and day out until they receive their language profile.
Generally, Second Language Training (SLT) occurs in an Officer Cadet’s second year at the college. After four whole semesters of attending daily classes throughout the year, they have, at this point, generally achieved a baseline standard of the French language. SLT strives to bump them up to a level of “functional bilingualism.”
French training is not the only education that Officer Cadets are receiving at RMC. Several senior students (entering their fourth year at the college) are working on academic on-the-job-experiences (OJE’s) to enrich their learning experience at RMC.
I caught up with four Officer Cadets to see what they were up to.
Officer Cadet Cody Hartwick, 8 Squadron, (photo) is working in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering on a project with corresponding professor Dr. Billy Allan to design a transonic wind tunnel. He is spending much of his time working with Solid Works (a computer software program) to create the ideal wind tunnel.
The college, at the moment, already owns a wind tunnel, however it has a slow run time, which means less data can be analyzed, and it is much smaller than the prospective new design.
The new wind tunnel will be able to operate at subsonic and supersonic conditions to test various data such as three-dimensional aircraft components. It is estimated that it will be built within one year. Construction may even begin this summer!
Officer Cadet Brooke Blogg, 9 Squadron, has been working in the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering since late May.
In conjunction with Dr. Paul Chan, Bob Whitehead, and Kommy Farahani, she is working alongside the nuclear reactor. Currently, she is occupied with inventory and safety reports for the reactor, and helping the radiation safety officer. What she enjoys most is learning new things about radiation safety and the nuclear reactor.
“Having the opportunity to work and gain the experience with different professors is great!” Blogg says, “most importantly I have a great time working within the best department with the best professors and people!”
In the Department of Civil Engineering, Officer Cadets Jordan Larocque (3 Squadron) and Philippe Bolduc (5 Squadron) are working with Captain Matthew Beirnes on his Masters Degree Project. Dr. Gordon White has been supervising their work as they are occupied with setting up a pendulum which will simulate the blast of concrete panels. This process has involved a lot of measurements and piecing together components to make a proper-functioning large-scale pendulum. Their work is putting their knowledge to the test in a hands-on way.
In addition to Second Language Training and Academic OJE’, a few of RMC’s own are working with the Sea Cadets, who will be arriving in great masses this upcoming week.
With the loads of sails we’ll be seeing skirting around the RMC peninsula over the next month or so, it may appear that the college is a vacation destination. Perhaps some may see it that way, but with the bonus of learning valuable skills. Let the summer training continue!