Sixteen commercial vehicle
technicians from eastern Nebraska competed in the Annual Nebraska SuperTech
competition at Central Community College in Hastings July 20-21.
Cole Macklem of Southeast
Community College was the first SCC student to win a skills station. Macklem, a
Diesel Technology student, won the Precision Measurement station. He competed
against three other student technicians and 16 professional technicians. He
received $100 as a prize.
“He had the high score of 20
competitors,” said Lester Breidenstine, chair of the Diesel Technology programs
in Milford. “The day was very rewarding, and we all look forward to next year.”
At the Nebraska SuperTech
competition, each participating college selects one student to represent their
school. The students compete alongside the professional technicians and are
only scored against other students. The students compete for separate prizes.
“They also gain valuable
insight to real-world applications within the trucking industry, and the winner
brings back the 2016 honors for the school,” said Sheila O’Connor, vice president
of the Nebraska Trucking Association.
SuperTech is a state and
national competition showcasing the professional skills of heavy-duty diesel
truck technicians. The Technology and Maintenance Council of the American
Trucking Association launched the program in 2006. Finalists at Nebraska
SuperTech compete for cash prizes at 10 different skill stations, and the
overall winner will represent Nebraska at the National SuperTech competition
Sept. 18-22 in Raleigh, NC.