Transportation & Power Division hosts SkillsUSA contest

The Community & Technical College’s Transportation & Power Division in conjunction with local industry supporters facilitated the judging and contest administration for the 2013 SkillsUSA Diesel Equipment Technology Contest.

From left to right: Dillon Zellhuber – 1st place,
Andres Ornelas – 2nd place, and Jake Elliott, 3rd place.
The competition was held on the University of Alaska Anchorage Campus on March 20, 2013, and is part of the SkillsUSA state conference. SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry partners designed to help students pursuing careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel.

The conference focused on performance-based skills assessment and showcased the skills of diesel technology students who are preparing for careers in Alaska’s transportation and heavy equipment industry.

During the competition, students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in truck and heavy equipment repair such as electronics, preventative maintenance inspection, braking systems, diesel engines, general shop skills, and drivetrains. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations. Test competencies are set by industry.

Dillon Zellhuber of Craig, Alaska, won first place for the gold medal, Andres Ornelas of Anchorage placed second for the silver and Jake Elliot of Anchorage placed third for the bronze. All three students are enrolled in the Transportation & Power Division’s Heavy Duty Transportation & Equipment Program.

"The students in the Heavy Duty Transportation & Equipment and Automotive Programs at UAA displayed a … friendly competition … that was truly unique, pushing each other to get better," said R.L Clark of N C Machinery. "I am very proud to be associated with the UAA program, instructors and, of course, the students."

Zellhuber and other state winners will compete at the 49th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., June 24-28, 2013.

Industry partners who supported this year’s competition include Alaska Snow Removal, AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology, Carquest Auto Parts, N C Machinery, Pacific Power Products, Snap-on Industrial, and UAA Facilities and Fleet Management.

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