Several Collision Repair students at Butler Community College competed at Skills USA this week in Wichita, KS. We did not win a metal; however, we did reach a few accomplishments worth mentioning.
The competition was broken into five categories: Estimating, Metal Repair, Plastic Repair, Welding, and Frame. All of the students in the collision repair competition competed and were scored in each area. Then the scores in all five areas were averaged together to determine the winners. As I mentioned, we did not received a metal, but we did score extremely high in a few areas.
One of our students scored the highest score of everyone in the plastic repair competition. Another BCC student scored the second highest score in estimating. However, they scored lower than the winning students did in other areas. The encouraging news is that two of the three BCC students that competed are only halfway through the collision repair program. That’s right, they are first-year students. Therefore, they should perform extremely well at next years competition.
This is my first competition to be involved with at Skills USA as well. I believe the students and myself now have a better idea of how the competition works, which will benefit us next year. So look Skills USA, we’re planning to win next year.
I would like to congratulate all of the Skills USA winners. I also commend all of the students, instructors, schools, sponsors, and everyone else that contributed their time to help produce the collision repair technicians of tomorrow.
Automotive Technology – Engineering/Manufacturing
Automotive Technology competed in several areas at Skills USA. They received a bronze metal in Parts Management.