|Dustin Jenne received a bronze medal in the diesel equipment technology|
competition while participating in the national SkillsUSA Championships in
Kansas City, Missouri. He is in the back row, second from the right.
Photo courtesy of SkillsUSA.
Diesel equipment technology contestants cycle through 14 stations testing and troubleshooting engines, electrical and electronics systems, and power train systems. They also demonstrate skills in hydraulic systems, vehicle inspections, fundamental failure analysis, brake systems and air-conditioning systems. Contestants must also perform a job interview and complete a written test.
The contests are planned by technical committees made up of representatives of labor and management and are designed to test the skills needed for a successful entry-level performance in given occupational fields. Safety practices and procedures, areas of great concern to labor and management alike, are judged and graded and constitute a portion of a contestant’s score.
SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations.
Learn more about SkillsUSA at www.skillsusa.org.
Story by Kirstin Olmstead, Communications Coordinator, UAA Community & Technical College