SCC student places in annual Nebraska SuperTech competition

Cole Macklem
Diesel Technology student Cole Macklem won the Precision Measurement station at the annual SuperTech competition in Hastings, NE.

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. 


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