Senior Andrew Offner, a student at Perkiomen Valley High School, was one of two Perkiomen Valley High School students to win first place in the 2021 North Montco Technical Career Center skills competition. Specifically, Offner won first place for motorcycle service repair in the state of Pennsylvania.
Offner is one of North Montco Technical Career Center’s students. He is in the small engines / outdoor power equipment program at NMTCC.
The SkillsUSA competition in which Offner competed has been around since 1965. The SkillsUSA competition showcases the best career and technical education students in a nation. To compete, contestants must begin through local competitions and work their way up through state and national level competitions.
According to the SkillsUSA website tab, specific to Offners program, “competitors must perform tasks representative of those encountered in a dealership’s service department… Judges will look for clean and organized work habits; correct use of reference materials; the ability to follow directions; and good technical skills.”
For Offner’s specific program he had to be left alone in the shop. Offner set up his camera and tripod to film himself doing different tasks on motorcycles. For each task, Offner had to explain what he was doing to the camera. He submitted his video and awaited judging.
Offner won first place in the SkillsUSA competition in the state of Pennsylvania alongside Taylor Lauridsen. This competition is a great opportunity and winning can help gain recognition for future jobs.
Looking into the future, Offner wishes to go into the carpenters union unless he is offered a better job working in a motorcycle factory.