Kyle Friedel poses with the motorcycle Harley-Davidson donated to SCC's Motorcycle, ATV & Personal Watercraft Technology program.
Friedel’s bronze medal at the 49th annual National SkillsUSA Conference
in Kansas City this summer earned his Southeast Community College program of study a new
Friedel, an Atkinson native who works at
Dillon Bros. Harley-Davidson in Omaha,
won the bronze in the Motorcycle Service Technology category. He is a graduate
of SCC’sMotorcycle, ATV & Personal Watercraft Technology program. As an
official sponsor of the National Leadership and Skills Competition,
Harley-Davidson Motor Company donates a motorcycle to the representative
schools of the top three places.
Cheri Judkins, Learning Operations Manager
for Harley-Davidson University in Milwaukee, said the company writes the
contest questions and judges the competition in the Motorcycle Service
“At Harley-Davidson University,
the technical training team writes and judges the competition,” she said. “They
put together all the stations. They write the tests. They are very passionate
about what they do.”
Contestants performed tasks
representative of those encountered in a dealership’s service department.
Technical skills included performing scheduled maintenance tasks; use of
service, electrical diagnostic and parts manuals; electrical diagnostics;
precision measurement; brake service; chassis/suspension service; fuel delivery
system inspection and repair; transmission and drive systems; power train
systems; on Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Judges looked for clean and organized
work habits; correct use of reference materials; the ability to follow
directions; and good technical skills.
Judkins said Harley-Davidson has a
vested interest in shaping the future of technicians.
“We look at this as an opportunity to
influence what is taught in the high schools and technical colleges,” she said.
“In the future, for skilled workers to work in our dealerships, we want to make
sure they have skills they can apply on their job.”
Judkins said the motorcycle that was
presented to SCC, a 2008 XL883C black custom Harley-Davidson Sportster, is a
training aid and is not meant to run on the street. Service manuals were
“Included with the bike are all of the tools
that go along with it so that students can learn our product,” Judkins said. “We
hope they will want to work in an authorized Harley-Davidson dealership.”
Judkins said that around 10 percent of
all students who have competed in the Motorcycle Service Technology category
since 2003 are currently working in Harley-Davidson’s dealership network.
“We have between 40 and 50 students competing
in the motorcycle category each year, the majority of them high school
students,” she said. “Competition takes place one day, then there is more competition
and training the next day. The students learn, and instructors learn how they
need to teach things at the school.”
Persons interested in more information
about SCC’s Motorcycle, ATV & Personal Watercraft Technology program are
asked to contact Ken Jefferson at 402-437-2640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.