May 7, 2021 – Several Santa Fe College students in the Automotive and Plumbing programs finished with high honors at the Skills USA Florida competition last month. SkillsUSA is a career and technical organization serving high school and college students who want to learn a trade. The SkillsUSA competition allows students across the country to test their skills against those of their peers.
In the sanitary category SF won the category with Ito Simon first, Isaac Johnson second and Eric Gehler third and with that for SF’s top scores, Nicolas Mullen fourth in the category. The plumbing competition had students put in hot and cold water pipes, as well as plumbing drain, waste, and ventilation pipes. Professional plumbers and pipe fitters served as judges, judging accuracy, workmanship and proper safety procedures.
SF also had three winners in the Automotive category. John Thomas, an SF double-enrolled student, took first place in the high school division, while Neal Bailey and Carlos Murua came first and second in the college division, respectively. These students were required to complete a series of tasks based on the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). They were assessed for technical competence, accuracy, quality and safety. They also had to take a written test to demonstrate sufficient knowledge.
For their first place finish in the statewide competition, Ito Simon, John Thomas and Neal Bailey will all compete in the national games from June 14-18.
Congratulations to the students in the program and the SF Faculty of Plumbing and Automotive Technology for preparing them for success.