Alachua, Fla. — On June 28, the winners of the SkillsUSA Carpentry and Masonry competitions were announced at the awards ceremony for the 49thannual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The Conference was held June 24-28, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. Nearly 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students joined in the excitement of hands‑on competition in 98 different craft, technical and leadership fields.

2013 marked NCCER’s fourth year sponsoring the SkillsUSA Carpentry Competition and its first year sponsoring the Masonry Competition, with Carpentry Technical Committee chair Boyd Worsham of The Haskell Company and Masonry Technical Committee chair Bryan Light of the Brick Industry Association leading the way in organizing the events.

NCCER is proud to congratulate the winners from both contests. In carpentry, secondary level medalists were Garrett Thompson of New Philadelphia, Ohio (Gold); Ty Martin of Helena, Mont. (Silver); and Nathan Lewis of Harrisonburg, Va. (Bronze). Post-secondary medalists were Seth Miller of Manchester, N.H. (Gold); Ethan Matlock of Fort Scott, Kan. (Silver); and Lionel Williams of Utica, Miss. (Bronze).

In masonry, secondary level medalists were Andrew Mullis of China Grove, N.C. (Gold); Steven Quimby of Haverhill, Mass. (Silver); and Chase Smith of Callahan, Fla. (Bronze).  Post-secondary medalists were Brent Austin of Concord, N.C. (Gold); Travis Moore of Poplarville, Miss. (Silver); and Mark J. Karhoff of Fort Scott, Kan. (Bronze).

Carpentry contestants framed walls using wood and metal studs, cut stair stringers and installed railing, drywall, baseboard moldings and window trim. Contestants were judged on accuracy, ability to read and interpret blueprints, workmanship and the proper use of tools and materials.

Masonry contestants were given a six-hour period to construct a composite brick and block project designed to test their ability to meet industry standards in quality. Winners of both competitions were decided based on the combined results of a written exam and evaluation of the competition project by a panel of journey-level judges.

“Through these competitions, NCCER continues to support the development of a pipeline of young, skilled craft professionals to help combat the workforce shortages in our industry,” said NCCER director of instructor certification programs and strategic outreach, Ed Prevatt. “We were excited to expand our support of the best and brightest career and technical students by sponsoring the masonry competition for the first time this year, in addition to our long-standing sponsorship of the carpentry event.”

The contests are planned by technical committees made up of industry representatives and are designed to test the skills needed for successful entry‑level performance as a carpenter or mason. Due to their tremendous importance, safety practices and procedures are also judged as a component of each contestant’s overall score.            

Members of the 2013 national technical committee for carpentry included Chair Boyd Worsham, The Haskell Co. (Fla.); Robyn Bucknam, DEWALT Industrial Tool Co. (N.C.); Clay Kubicek, Crossland Construction Company, Inc. (Kan.); Ed Prevatt, NCCER (Fla.); Matt Clark, KBR (Ala.); and, Jay Wetterhus, Morton Buildings Inc. (Ill.).

A national education team assisted the national technical committee.  Members included Les Zimmerman, Alexandria Technical and Community College (Minn.); Troy Rupp, Alexandria Technical and Community College (Minn.); Beth Zimmerman, Alexandria Technical and Community College (Minn.); and, Jay Pearson, Greenville Technical College (S.C.).

Members of the 2013 national technical committee for masonry included Chair Bryan Light, Brick Industry Association (Ga.); Dan Belcher, NCCER (Fla.); Nick Blohowiak, SPEC MIX, Inc. (Wis.); John Bongiovanni, Bon Tool Co. (Pa.); Gregg Borchelt, Brick Industry Association (Va.); Jeff Buczkiewicz, Mason Contractors Association of America (Ill.); Brian Carney, SPEC MIX, Inc. (Minn.); Rolly Cox, Multiquip Corp. (Ohio); Dennis Graber, National Concrete Masonry Association (Va.); Kim Haley, Marshalltown Co. (Iowa); Peter Kiley, Oldcastle Architectural (Ga.); Bill Kjorlien, Argos USA (Ga.); and, Bob Melton, Masonry Institute of Tennessee.

A national education team assisted the national technical committee.  Members included Al Herndon, Florida Masonry Apprentice & Educational Foundation (Fla.); Todd Larson, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College; Billy Matkins, New Albany Schools (Miss.); Richard McKnight (S.C.) and, Richard Nagy (Ohio).

NCCER would like to thank the following organizations for supporting America’s youth through their generous financial support and prize donations for this year’s Carpentry and Masonry Competitions: the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC); the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC); Bon Tool Company; Brick Industry Association; Brick Industry Association – Southeast Region; Build Your Future; CB&I; Cianbro; ClarkDietrich Building Systems; Construction Master Pro by Calculated Industries; Crossland Construction Company; DEWALT; Diablo; Fluor; The Haskell Company; ISN; KBR; Marek Brothers Systems; Marshalltown Company; Mason Contractors of America (MCAA); M.W. Mielke; Morton Buildings; Multiquip Corporation; Nabholz Construction Services; National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA); NAWIC Education Foundation (NEF); North American Crane Bureau (NACB); Oldcastle Architectural; PCL Industrial Construction; Pearson; Prov; Robins & Morton; S&B Engineers and Constructors; SPEC MIX, Inc.; Stiletto; TIC Industrial Construction; Tradesmen International and Zachry.