2019 SkillsUSA National Championship Report — Automotive Service Technology
This past week, I had the honor of participating in the Automotive Service Technology (AST) competition at the SkillsUSA National Championships in Louisville Kentucky as a judge for the second year in a row. This was an awesome event and I highly recommend to anyone unfamiliar checking this group out. From the SkillsUSA website:
“Through an investment from business and industry partners of approximately $36 million, the event occupies a space equivalent to 20 football fields. In 2018, there were more than 6,500 contestants in 103 separate events. Nearly 2,000 judges and contest organizers from labor and management make the national event possible.”
Within the AST competition, there were approximately 90 competitors split between college and high school students. The station I participated at was the hybrid trainer supplied by Lucas-Nuelle under the supervision of fellow DN member Daniel … (no relation). We had three identical trainers set up with 4 total judges. Here's a look at our group which had two field service engineers from Toyota and a curriculum developer from Lucas-Nuelle in Germany in addition to Daniel and myself.
Our participants were limited to college students where they were tasked with securing the work area and preparing the vehicle for service. What was truly inspiring is seeing these young analytical minds following the instructions (for the most part) and essentially completing most of the tasks, although most of them had little to zero training on Hybrid vehicle systems.
If you haven’t checked out SkillsUSA yet, please consider it, these folks will be participating in our industry soon. If you're looking to participate as a judge next year, please let me know and I'll get you connected. Some of our DN corporate partners were there supporting the event such as, ASE, Carquest - CTI, and Consulab, along with fellow DN members.
Here are a few images from the event along with some of the other station tasks for those interested.
Dude very cool ...Congratulations
Very Nice! I am involved and volunteer with skills at the local level. Its great to see the national championship level. Nice Job all!!!
Thanks Rick, have you been to a national event in the past?
Scott No I have not. I am always willing to volunteer to assist for the event. Thank You
AWESOME...Congrats, all of you!
Looks like a great time, and some familiar faces also. I hosted the local diesel competition for them this year, I was happy to see the younger generation getting involved. Thanks for sharing the pictures Scott.
Thanks Ron, have you been to the national event in the past?
No I haven't made the national. I will get there one of these days.
Totally cool Scott. Looks like you had a blast. I help out with my local SkillsUSA contest but would really love to do the same at the Nationals. Please pass my name along.
Excellent Rick, I'll pass your contact info along to Jill Saunders with Toyota.
That... Skills.....Is where we as industry senior advisors measure our past commitments to our industry. It is a wonderful feeling ,as a bleak picture is being painted by nay sayers, to see the results of the fantastic instructors and teachers and all who push our industry into the future. ....A measurable circumstance of their energies. Thank you to all and may continued success be all theirs....
This is awesome, thank you for taking the pictures! I would love to judge some year since I was part of Skills USA growing up.