Secondary students from the Copper Country Intermediate School District recently joined students from the Dickinson Iron, Delta Schoolcraft, NICE Community Schools and the MARESA Automotive programs at NMU’s Jacobetti Complex to put their automotive technology skills to the test.
The competition, held on Friday, April 28, included activities focused on 5 areas of concentration including brakes, electrical, engine performance, safety & maintenance, and steering & suspension.
Specific activities listed below required students to apply their hands-on skills toward an inspection or diagnosis of actual automobiles or automobile sub-assemblies.
- A written test
- Parts identification
- Under-hood inspection (fluids, filters, lights)
- Chassis inspection (tires and wheels, steering)
- Brake inspection (precision measuring)
- Electrical diagnosis (circuit boards)
With the exception of the written test, students had 8 minutes (timed) to complete each hands-on activity in a rotation pattern.
NMU program students, staff, and or participating business partners supervised each of the activities.
Five students from the Copper Country ISD Auto Tech program participated. They were Gage Hamlin (senior/Houghton) David Daavettiila ( junior/Houghton) Kody Maki ( junior/Houghton) Thomas Cowell ( junior/ Hancock) and Anthony Kopke ( senior/ Hancock)
The awards were given as follows: Top three overall. Then Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners.
Gage Hamlin: Bronze winner
Tom Cowell and Anthony Kopke: Silver winners
David Daavettila and Kody Maki: Gold winners
The CCISD Auto Tech staff is very proud of the young men. There are now five more award certificates to display in the trophy case at the tech center. The young men did an outstanding job. These students volunteered to go and said they very much enjoyed their day of competition.
“I had a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to go back next year!” Kody Maki