The students who competed in automotive competitions were placed at workstations that consist of on-vehicle, simulations, bench and component testing and a written test. Contestants were judged on their technical competency, accuracy, quality, safety and ability to follow directions. Wayne Tucker competed in Automotive Service Technology placing first. Arin Pittman competed in the Automotive Service Technology 1 and placed second.
Carpentry students framed walls and built picnic tables using wood. Students were judged on accuracy, ability to read and interpret blueprints. Thomas Simpson competed in the Carpentry and placed first. Dallas Russell competed in the Carpentry 1 and came in second.
Machine Tool students competed at workstations using various mills and lathes creating intricate detailed parts. Students were judged on accuracy, tool usage, and ability to read and interpret blueprints. Johnny Crabtree placed third in Precision Machining.
Welding students work through a series of stations, are tested on various aspects of welding: measuring weld replicas, using weld measuring gauges; laying out a plate and using oxy-acetylene equipment to cut several holes that are checked for accuracy and quality.
Leadership competitions were another important event. Job Skill Demo “A” and “O” is where contestants demonstrate and explain an entry-level skill used in the occupational area for which they are training. Competitors in Job Skill Demo “A” and “O” must demonstrate a career objective in an occupational area that is included in one of the contest areas of the SkillsUSA Championships. Wayne County had three students who competed in this: Josias Conde who got first place in “A”, Whitney Lester second place in “A”, and Ethan Prince first place in “O”.
Students also competed in Transportation Tool Identification where students identify tools in the trade. In this competition, Nick Alley received second place and Johnathan Mansfield got third place. Leadership competitions also tested student Math skills in an event called Related Technical Math where Alex Crabtree placed second.
There was also a leadership Cabinetry Competition that requires the building of a small cabinet from materials and drawings supplied. Trevor Gregory got first place and Zeth Denney received second.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.
Dallas Russle working hard in his competitive event
(l-r): Wayne Tucker, Teacher Marke Burke, and Arin Pittman; the two students competed in the Automotive Service Technology placing first and second
Carpentry Teacher Joshua Parmley with Trevor Gregory placed first in Skill1 Cabinetry
Zeth Denney placed second in Skill1 Cabinetry
Dallas Russell placed second in Skill1 Carpentry 1
Thomas Simpson placed first in Skill1 Carpentry and was congratulated by his instructor
Skill1 Job Skill Demo team (l-r) Josias Conde, Ethan Prince, and Whitney Lester
Johnny Crabtree placed third in Skill1 Precision Machine
Skill1 Transportation Tool ID Winners (l-r): Second place Nick Alley, Teacher Mark Burke, Third place Johnathan Mansfield, Johnny Wayne
Thomas Simpson competed in carpentry and placed first