Georgia High School Student Takes Bronze at 2011 SkillsUSA

From CollisionWeek

Congratulations to Chris Williams from Whitfield Career Academy in Dalton, GA for earning the Bronze Award in the Automotive Refinishing Technology – High School division of the annual SkillsUSA Championships in Automotive Refinishing Technology and Collision Repair Technology.

The winners of the annual SkillsUSA Championships were presented with medals on June 24, at the National Leadership and Skills Conference award ceremony. For the second year in a row, Chance Brickner took the gold medal in collision repair. Brickner is a student at the Sentinel Career & Technology Center in Tiffin, OH.

The Conference was held June 20-24, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. Over 5,600 career and technical education students joined in the excitement of hands on competition in ninety-four different trades.

The contests are planned by technical committees made up of industry representatives and are designed to test the skills needed for successful entry level performance in their field. Safety practices and procedures are also judged and graded and constitute a portion of a contestant’s score.

In the Automotive Refinishing contest, contestants demonstrated 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). The competition includes a series of workstations to assess skills in the following areas: surface preparation; spray gun operation; paint mixing, matching and applying; solving paint application problems; determining finish defects, causes and cures; and utilization of safety precautions. The competitor also completed an interview, a written estimate, and an ASE written exam. The overall appearance of the finished product, speed and proper safety practices were judged.

Student competitors in Collision Repair Technology go through a series of workstations to assess skills in the following areas: metalwork, welding, plastic repair and structural analysis. The overall appearance of the finished product, speed and proper safety practices are judged. There are written tests on estimating, structural analysis, and an ASE exam. The students are also interviewed by the judges.

The 2011 medalists were:

Automotive Refinishing Technology – High School

Gold
Kolten A Dunkerson
Laporte High School
Laporte, TX

Silver
Jacob Kline
Sentinel Career & Technology Center
Tiffin, OH

Bronze
Chris Williams
Whitfield Career Academy
Dalton, GA

Automotive Refinishing Technology – Postsecondary

Gold
Jason Nielson
Utah Valley University
Orem, UT

Silver
Robert Feldkamp
Washtenaw Community College
Ann Arbor, MI

Bronze
Aaron Dressler
Penn College of Tech
Williamsport, PA

Collision Repair Technology – High School

Gold
Chance Brickner
Sentinel Career & Technology Center
Tiffin, OH

Silver
Randy Cardwell
Oliver Wolcott Technical High School
Torrington, CT

Bronze
George Mason
Lexington Technology Center
Lexington, SC

Collision Repair Technology – Postsecondary

Gold
Simon Rowe
Cuesta Community College
San Luis Obispo, CA

Silver
John Stanton
Kaskaskia College
Centralia, IL

Bronze
Josh Rich
Southwestern Community College
Creston, IA

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