BANGOR, Maine — Universal Technical Institute, the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, is proud to work with SkillsUSA Maine (www.skillsusamaine.org) and support its efforts to provide quality educational experiences for students across Maine through the management of the Diesel Equipment Technology skills competition being held March 14, at United Technologies Center in Bangor.
Ed Coull, Admissions Representative for the Norwood, Mass., campus of UTI, is chairman of the Diesel Equipment Technology competition. This event brings together the top diesel technology students from across Maine to compete in hands-on work stations and take a written exam to test their knowledge and skills. As chairman, Coull is responsible for overseeing a series of stations where students will service and repair large diesel engines, transmissions, drive trains, electrical systems, brakes, hydraulic systems and cab components used in farm equipment, trucks and construction equipment.
Both Coull and UTI-Norwood Admissions Representative John Lewis, a Cape Elizabeth native who is on the Executive Committee Board for SkillsUSA Maine, organize and work with Maine employers who supply the necessary equipment and serve as volunteer judges for the competition. Local employers participating include Tim Brooks from Daigle and Houghton; Tim McLusky from Southworth Milton Caterpillar; Ray Goodspeed of Freightliner of Maine; Chris Porter from Pepsi Company; Jared Milligan from Maine Forest Service; and John Lewis from UTI at the parts identification station.
“It’s an honor to support the SkillsUSA Maine organization and to work alongside these local employers who are volunteering their time and equipment to make this a high-quality, relevant event for students,” says Coull in a company press release.
The Maine state chapter of SkillsUSA, Inc. encompasses 218 high school and 91 post-secondary education members. Approximately 800 students from across Maine will be competing in this year’s competition. Winners of the state competition will advance to the national competition in June in Kansas City, Missouri, where they have the opportunity to compete for awards, scholarships and other prizes.
UTI provides $61,000 in tuition scholarships that are awarded at SkillsUSA Maine competitions, including collision repair, automotive refinishing, automotive service, diesel equipment and small engines.