Tomorrow's Technicians Today – Take 2
SkillsUSA Returns to GIE+EXPO
(Louisville, KY, Aug 8, 2019) - For the second year in a row SkillsUSA will be showcasing "Tomorrow's Technicians Today" in Louisville, Ky., during GIE+EXPO October 16-18, 2019. The Gold, silver and bronze medalists in both high school and postsecondary schools from the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, held in June, have been invited to showcase their talents during the annual tradeshow. GIE+EXPO attendees are invited to watch the competitions.
The Anchor sponsor, Ariens Co. has been extremely supportive of this program, as they see the need to showcase the future skilled technicians that the industry is looking for, according to David Worden, program director for the SkillsUSA Championships. Last year they were not only the anchor sponsor they also supported two of the competitors.
The six contestants will rotate through four stations, performing skills in categories such as ignition, charging, fuel and governor systems, starter, cooling and lubrication systems, valves, exhaust and engine block systems, diagnostic and failure analysis and general competencies. They will showcase their understanding in related theories that go along with the types of engines they will come across in the industry, as well as their understanding of wiring schematics.
"Schools throughout the country teach our Power Equipment Technology curriculum with industry support provided by major manufacturers, who provide the needed training materials. Students who complete the program can become certified technicians," said Worden. "We're excited to showcase our national medalists for the industry to see at GIE+EXPO."
GIE+EXPO is sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc. (OPEI), Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).
SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. This nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 360,000 member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials.