Ames High senior Gage Myers recently won 1st place in the Automotive Service Technology SkillsUSA competition at the Iowa State level competition. This competition has provided Myers with personal tools that he can use to further his learning and career. He will also compete in the National SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta, Georgia, June 20-24.
Leland Staton, Automotive Instructor at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), said, “It opens up big doors for him. Gage stands a good chance of receiving additional scholarships and will be recognized nationally.
The goal of the SkillsUSA competition is “to assess each candidate’s readiness for employment and to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the field of automotive service technology.” The competition is open to any active SkillsUSA member enrolled in a professional and technical program.
The competition includes a written knowledge test given by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and covers the eight automotive areas identified in the ASE Education Foundation’s Automotive Curriculum Standards and Official Study Guide of the ESA. The test for these high school and college/post-secondary competitions includes diagnostic and repair content in the following skill areas: Engine Repair, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle, Manual Transmission and Axles, Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Steering electrical/electronics, heating and air conditioning and engine performance.
Qualifying for the national SkillsUSA competition is incredibly competitive and opens up the possibility for Myers to be recruited by one of the nation’s leading automakers. “These opportunities are not ones that a lot of people are lucky enough to receive,” Stanton said.