Future mechanics tested on automotive knowledge

The winners in the Central Washington Skills USA contest held this past Saturday in Sunnyside are (L-R) Jared Fischer of Wenatchee, first place honors; Tyler Fletcher of  Wenatchee, second place; Andrew Jager of  Ellensburg, third place and Sunnysider Ulises Barron with a fourth place finish.

photo courtesy of Nick Paulakis
The winners in the Central Washington Skills USA contest held this past Saturday in Sunnyside are (L-R) Jared Fischer of Wenatchee, first place honors; Tyler Fletcher of Wenatchee, second place; Andrew Jager of Ellensburg, third place and Sunnysider Ulises Barron with a fourth place finish.



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Wenatchee High School student Courtney Archer listens as Sunnyside’s Tim Lyczewski of Tim’s Auto Repair reviews Archer’s score on the power systems portion of the skills contest. “She is kicking most of the boys on this station,” said Lyczewski, who was one of the local judges grading students’ performance.

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Sunnyside High School automotive student Jorge Silva tests his knowledge of parts and tools in a 20-part test associated with the automotive skills test held last Saturday. “It’s pretty important that those working in automobile parts stores know the type of tool or part a customer is searching for,” said contest judge Dave Swails of Sunnyside’s Valley Auto Parts.

The men and women who will be making the diagnostic decisions for your automotive repairs in the future pitched themselves against each other in a regional automotive skills contest held this past Saturday in the Sunnyside High School auto shop.

Seventeen high school automotive students attending Central Washington automotive programs from Wenatchee to Yakima’s YV-Tech competed in timed events to check power systems, brakes, identify automotive parts and tire rotations. Also, the young student technicians were tested on service estimates, as well as determination of costs related to man hours and the pricing of auto replacement parts to complete repairs.

Linda Cyr of Yakima, a Skills USA regional coordinator, said skills competition is an important step in the training of the next generation of automotive technicians.

“It is all about making consumers’ vehicles safe on the road,” she explained.

The regional winners of the Central Region contest will advance to the State competition and from there will be given an opportunity to compete on a national level this coming June in Kentucky, she said.

Judges for the Saturday morning contest were representatives of Sunnyside automotive repair shops. Prizes were provided by Valley Auto Parts and K&U Auto, all of Sunnyside.

The Sunnyside High School auto shop participants included Ulises Barron, who placed fourth place in the regional contest; Danny Perales, who finished in ninth place and Jorge Silva in 11th place.

The next step for the Skills USA Central Region winners is to attend the State competition this coming April in Tacoma.



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