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SkillsUSA

NCCER is proud to support SkillsUSA at their National Leadership and Skills Conference. In 2016 and for the seventh consecutive year, NCCER sponsored the SkillsUSA Carpentry Competition, and for the fourth consecutive year, NCCER sponsored the SkillsUSA Masonry Competition.

These competitions showcase the career options within the construction industry, as well as the opportunities available in today's high school and college career and technical education programs. Through events like these, NCCER and the Build Your Future (BYF) initiative create valuable connections between construction industry employers and young, emerging craft professionals.

The competitions are planned by technical committees made up of industry representatives and are designed to test the skills needed for successful entry-level performance in given occupational fields.

Sponsoring SkillsUSA Benefits the Industry

If you would like more information about sponsoring the 2017 Carpentry Competition, please email Nicole Kitler at nkitler@nccer.org.

 

Inside the Carpentry Competition

Over 70 carpentry contestants framed walls and rafters using wood and metal studs, affixed plywood sheathing to walls, completed fascia and trimmed window framing. Contestants were judged on accuracy, ability to read and interpret blueprints, workmanship and the proper use of tools and materials.

Winners of the carpentry competition were decided based on the combined results of a written exam and evaluation of the competition project by a panel of journey-level judges. The contests are planned by technical committees made up of industry representatives to test the skills needed for successful entry-level performance as a carpenter. Due to their tremendous importance, safety practices and procedures were also judged as a component of each contestant’s overall score.

Get an inside look at the 2013 Carpentry Competition:

Industry Involvement

Members of the 2016 national technical committee for carpentry included Boyd Worsham of The Haskell Company; Clay Kubicek of Crossland Construction Company, Inc.; John Havlik of NCCER; Jay Wetterhus of Morton Buildings, Inc.; Robyn Bucknam of DEWALT; Terry Westerman of ClarkDeitrich;
Tracy Chambers of Nabholz Construction; and Steve Greene of NCCER.

A national education team assisted the carpentry national technical committee. Members included Les Zimmerman, Troy Rupp and Beth Zimmerman from Alexandria Technical and Community College in Minnesota.

2016 Carpentry Competition Sponsors

NCCER would like to thank the following organizations for supporting America’s youth through their generous support of the 2016 Carpentry Competition:

Financial Contributors:

 
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Inside the Masonry Competition

Nearly 50 masonry contestants constructed projects composed of brick and block set on a concrete block base. Contestants received detailed drawings to which they were expected to closely adhere to while building their projects.

Winners of the masonry competition were decided based on the combined results of a written exam and evaluation of the competition project by a panel of journey-level judges. The contests are planned by technical committees made up of industry representatives to test the skills needed for successful entry-level performance as a mason. Due to their tremendous importance, safety practices and procedures were also judged as a component of each contestant’s overall score.

Get an inside look of the 2013 Masonry Competition:

Industry Involvement

Members of the 2016 national technical committee for masonry included Bryan Light, Brick Industry Association; Dan Belcher, NCCER; Nick Blohowiak, SPEC MIX, Inc.; John Bongiovanni, Bon Tool Co.; Jeff Buczkiewicz, Mason Contractors Association of America; Brian Carney, SPEC MIX, Inc.; Rolly Cox, Multiquip Corp.; Jason Thompson, National Concrete Masonry Association; Kim Haley, Marshalltown Co.; Peter Kiley, Oldcastle Architectural; Ray Leonhard, Brick Industry Association; and Bob Melton, Masonry Institute of Tennessee.
A national education team assisted the masonry national technical committee. Members included Al Herndon, Florida Masonry Apprentice & Educational Foundation; Todd Larson, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College; Richard McKnight; and Richard Nagy.

2016 Masonry Competition Sponsors

NCCER and BYF are proud to recognize the 2015 Masonry Competition Sponsors:

  

 

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