Diesel students compete in district FFA contest

ENGLEWOOD — Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Diesel Power Technology students competed in the FFA District Ag Mechanics Skills Career Development Event (CDE) at Franklin Monroe High School on March 16, 2017. The team of Zane Brehm (Arcanum), David Garber (Arcanum), and Trey Rush (Miami East) placed second in the district. The MVCTC team qualified to compete in the state Ag Mechanics Skills Contest on March 31 at The Ohio State University Agricultural Institute in Wooster. They will compete against the top 30 teams in the state.

The Ag Mechanics CDE requires team members to demonstrate 10-15 skills from a master list of skills, including: acetylene cutting, acetylene welding, arc/wire welding, bench grinder use, caliper measuring, computer parts search, dial indicator reading, drill use, feeler gauge measuring, flaring tool use, hand tachometer reading, hand tool identification, hydrometer reading, identify bolts and nuts, injector-tester use, micrometer reading, plasma cutting, plastic gauge use, soldering-electrical, timing light use on a small engine, valve grinding, valve seat grinding and volt ohm amp tester use.

According to the Ohio FFA website, “Agricultural Education CDE’s are educational activities that are organized and conducted by the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Career-Technical Education, Agricultural Education. They are designed to assess student competence in business and industry verified occupational skills, as detailed in the Agricultural and Environmental Content Standards. CDEs are a motivating force that stimulates occupational interests in and personal development of high school students enrolled in school-based agricultural education programs.”

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