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Winners In Diesel Equipment Technology Announced 2007 SkillsUSA Championships

Tuesday August 14, 2007

   The winners of the annual SkillsUSA Championships in Diesel Equipment Technology were announced Friday evening, June 29 , at the Awards Ceremony of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The Conference was held June 25 - June 29, 2007, at the Municipal Aditorium, the Kemper Arena, H. Roe Bartle Hall, the downtown Marriott and the downtown Radisson in Kansas City, Missouri. Over 5,000 outstanding career and technical education students joined in the excitement of hands-on competition in eighty-four different trade, technical and leadership fields.

    Working against the clock and each other, the participants proved their expertise in job skills for occupations such as electronics, technical drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. There were also competitions in leadership skills, such as extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedures.

    SkillsUSA in 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.

    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 - an area of great concern to labor and management alike - are judged and graded and constitute a portion of a contestant’s score.

    Diesel Equipment Technology contestants cycle through fourteen stations testing basic engines; troubleshooting engines; electrical-electronics; chassis; transmissions; carriers; hydraulic systems; vehicle inspection; fundamental failure analysis; brake systems; air-conditioning; general shop skills; job interview skills; and a written test.


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