On April 12, in Boise, Idaho, the state SkillsUSA competition gave medals to five BYU-Idaho students from the Automotive Department of Technology.
Justin Miller, Program Coordinator in the Department of Automotive Technology, said BYU-I has involved its students in the SkillsUSA competition for the past six years.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that seeks to involve teachers and students prepare for careers in trade and technical service occations.
“It’s exciting for the students,” Miller said. “It reinforces to them that they are at a great school, getting a quality education. It’s a testament to how great the students are here at BYU-Idaho.”
Miller continued to give examples of how students on the BYU-I campus demonstrate excellence in their work.
“They’re really high-caliber students who work hard and stand out in the world in a lot of ways and this is one of those,” Miller said. “It’s a great reflection on our school and on the church.”
Within the Automotive Service Technology contest there are eight timed stations where students are tested for 20 minutes on a specific aspect of a vehicle.
Richard Dye, an instructor in the Department of Automotive Technology, said the contest tested students on “diagnostic scan tools, alignments, electrical diagrams, electrical wiring, breaks and steering components.”
When asked about his success at the competition, Brian Firth said, “All the classes you take here at the university prepare you for it. Hopefully it will help me in future careers to stand out amongst other people who are pulling for the same job position and increase my pay scale based on this accomplishment.”
For the first time Firth will be heading to the National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Kansas City, MO, this coming June.