Miramar College’s Automotive and Diesel Departments will host the 50th annual SkillsUSA California Automotive Service and Heavy Equipment Technology State Finals April 22 on campus. A maximum of 24 students will qualify to take part in the skills challenge with the winners advancing to the national finals.
“This is a premier career technical education event that Miramar College takes great pride in hosting each year,” said Professor Joe Young, Honda PACT Coordinator at San Diego Miramar College. “The College has such great facilities to accommodate the brightest minds in auto tech and heavy equipment technology fields from around the state. The students, in turn, get to show off the skills they have acquired since joining their CTE programs.”
Contestants will demonstrate their ability to perform jobs and skills based on the task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Workstations, designed and proctored by companies such as BMW, Mercedes Benz, Suzuki, GM, Rio Hondo College, will consist of 13, on-vehicle testing, simulator testing, bench and component testing, a Written Test and Job Interview. Contestants will be judged on technical competency, accuracy, quality, safety and ability to follow directions. The competition will be held in the Advanced Transportation and Technology buildings (S-2 and S-3 buildings).
Diesel Equipment Technology competitors will be tested at numerous stations. This competition will take place in the HDATT (diesel technology building) C3-100.
Competition starts at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22. It is open to the public and free of charge.
The SkillsUSA Championships is a showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.
“SkillsUSA is a contest that reaffirms why CTE programs are an important aspect of today’s educational landscape,” said Professor Dan Willkie, Diesel Technology department chair. “Students compete in their chosen areas, they demonstrate both manipulative, and critical thinking skills by performing tasks that are common place in their areas of specialty.”
Industry support of the event will be provided by: General Motors; ALLDATA; Mercedes Benz USA; Suzuki Motor America; BMW of North America; Mazda USA; Hawthorne Machinery; MATCO Tools; Snap-on Tools; Rio Honda College; and Republic Waste.
For additional information, please contact Steve Quis, public information officer at San Diego Miramar College at email@example.com.