Collision Repair Students Advance to State Competition

Collision Repair students recently participated in the SkillsUSA regional competition at the Ohio Technical College in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jeremy Clay, senior from Midview, took 2nd place in the collision repair event and Julie Taylor, junior from North Ridgeville, took 2nd place in the automotive refinishing event. Both students will advance to the State competition being held in Columbus, Ohio on April 16th.

Taylor said her JVS program prepared her for the competition and gave her confidence at the event. “To be honest, I was on edge about the competition,” shared Taylor. “But what I learn in lab gave me the confidence I needed to keep going.”

For her event, which lasted four hours, Taylor had to sand out a scratch on a fender, blend it to make it look like new again, take a written exam, a parts recognition test and complete an estimate.

“I’m excited for the next step and to be heading to the State competition,” Taylor shared. She will have to work hard and learn about waterborne paint, but she is up for the challenge. “We usually work with solvent-based paint, but I’m excited to learn more about waterborne paint and its application.”

Clay’s event included a series of workstations to assess skills in areas that included metal straightening, attachment methods, plastic repair and structural analysis. Clay had a fender with a depressed area, and he had to perform mixing, applying filler and perform numerous types of welds. He also had a bumper panel to perform structural adhesive repair on. Written tests on estimating, parts matching, and an ASE exam concluded his event.

SkillsUSA is a career-technical youth club comprised of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure that America has a skilled workforce.