Diesel Technology-Truck student to represent SCC in competition

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Austin Fiala stands in the Diesel Technology-Truck lab area on the Milford Campus.

Austin Fiala, a student in the Diesel Technology-Truck program at Southeast Community College, has been selected to compete in the Nebraska Trucking Association "SuperTech 2015" Professional Commercial Vehicle Technician Competition later this month.

This is the first year the NTA event has invited Nebraska collegiate Diesel Technology students to compete with the professionals. The event takes place July 23 on the Hastings Campus of Central Community College.

The winner of the statewide competition will represent Nebraska at the National SuperTech competition hosted by the Technology and Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Association. The winner of the Nebraska competition will receive paid transportation and lodging to compete at the national event Sept. 21-24 in Orlando, Fla. Second place receives $200 cash, third place $150, and fourth place $100.

All SCC Diesel Technology-Truck students completed the written test to select six qualifiers for the hands-on competition. Fiala, from Davey, was joined by other SCC qualifiers Shane Madsen of North Bend, Morgan McCormick of Verdigre, James Cantrell of Milford, Jacob Haase of Newman Grove, and Joe Hebbert of Ashby.

The hands-on competition consisted of six skill stations: Job Interview, Shop Processes, Electrical, Air Brakes, Air Conditioning, and Preventive Maintenance. These stations were judged by Diesel Truck advisors and were designed to simulate skill level of the state competition. Two advisors for each 25-minute skill station volunteered their time. Awards were presented from the advisors for the highest scoring students in each station.

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For more information contact:
Stu Osterthun
Administrative Director of Public Information and Marketing
402-323-3401
sosterthun@southeast.edu