HOLLAND — Current Zeeland West graduate Adam Leeuw credits the Careerline Tech Centre for encouraging him understand so a great deal by two decades of the Diesel/Large Products Mechanics program at CTC.
Leeuw set that mastering to the take a look at previous thirty day period, competing in the Diesel Products Know-how competition at the 2021 SkillsUSA Nationwide Leadership and Skills Virtual Convention.
Additional than 20 pupils throughout the region competed after excelling at point out-amount competitions, but Leeuw arrived out on major, winning the competition’s gold medal.
“I was truthfully a little amazed,” Leeuw claimed of hearing his title announced. “I had gained point out, but this was going up against all people else that gained their point out. The way they read through it off, third area then 2nd area, I thought ‘there’s no way.’ Then they reported my name. It is however sort of difficult to understand.”
The competitors consisted of nine stations like a penned check, a digital occupation job interview, push axle and brakes for semis, transmissions, hydraulics, operator ecosystem, failure examination, live engine and auto inspection.
Other than the created exam and interview, just about every station required competitors to examine, diagnose and/or mend distinctive features of vans and weighty machines.
“It was pretty a bit of things,” Leeuw reported. “The one particular I was anxious about was the a person with the dwell engine. I was a little nervous just to see what that entailed, but when I was carried out I felt fairly self-assured.”
Leeuw additional that he wasn’t a enthusiast of the task interview station owing to the format — students experienced to history movies of themselves answering penned concerns rather than a stay interview — but felt excellent about the other 8 regions.
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This summer months, Leeuw begun operating for Caterpillar (CAT) through a scholarship and internship method. He will show up at Owens Group Faculty in Ohio where by he’ll alternate among eight months of university and eight weeks of entire-time work.
“After I do my schooling for two several years, I’ll be a full-time technician at CAT,” he explained.
Leeuw mentioned he’s interested in all areas of the industry and he’d favor to work with significant gear more than semis. He thanked the CTC and its instructors for the job they performed in his education and learning.
“I have to give really significantly just about all of the credit history to the Careerline Tech Centre,” he said. ““It’s astounding how a lot I’ve discovered at the Tech Heart. It states a lot about a plan when almost every single 12 months they have a student acquire or put incredibly perfectly in condition or countrywide competitions. I acquired so significantly and would endorse Tech to anybody.”
Employees at the CTC spoke highly of Leeuw’s enthusiasm and perseverance for the area.
“Adam came into Tech right after the school calendar year was finished to go on to function with me and put together for the countrywide competitors,” said instructor Jason Alberda. “He will take his training seriously and it reveals.”