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.