M State students place first in SkillsUSA competition

Four Minnesota State Community and Technical College students were among the top award winners at the recent Minnesota SkillsUSA annual event in Bloomington.

Shawn Teal of Dilworth won first place in the Diesel Equipment Technology competition, which challenged students at 14 stations that tested their knowledge in areas including engines, electronics, hydraulics, computer skills and air conditioning. He is a student in the Diesel Equipment Technology program on M State’s Moorhead campus.

Ken Bye of Moorhead placed first and Austin Rikhus of Hawley placed second in the Automotive Service Technology competition, where six stations tested the students’ knowledge on areas including engine performance; steering, suspension and brakes; electronic service information; precision measurement; and electronics and charging systems. Bye and Rikhus are enrolled in the Automotive Service Technology program on the Moorhead campus.

Zachary Ehresman of Staples won first place in the Power Equipment Technology competition, which tested students in seven categories including engine components, electrical system diagnosis, mechanical systems and troubleshooting.

For winning the top prizes in their categories, Teal, Bye and Ehresman qualify to compete at the SkillsUSA national competition in Louisville, Ky., in late June.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit that serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in a trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Its state and national competitions are based on industry-driven occupational skills standards.

Posted in News on April 14, 2015 at 2:17 pm