SC Tech Students Rank High at National Competition

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Sheridan College technical education students have returned from the national SkillsUSA Championship competition in Kansas City, Mo. with national rankings. After a successful showing at the Wyoming SkillsUSA competition that included bringing home the Outstanding Chapter award, four gold-medal winning Sheridan College students were invited to the competition.

Grant Belton placed tenth in Precision Machining. Cabinet maker Dakota Hennigh achieved 12th in the nation. In Carpentry, Preston Walters took 20th. Scott Avey was ranked 25th in Technical Drafting. According to Belton, the Precision Machining competition was a combination of three areas of machining — manual manufacturing, computerized numerical controlled (CNC) machining and a third part of the associated theory behind machining, such as how to read prints and the math involved in the process. As a part of the national competition, he was given a print and had to recreate it.

Belton will return to SC in the fall as a second year Machine Tool Technology student. To put his achievement at the national competition into perspective, as a first-year student, he only covered the manual side of machining. After school ended in May, Belton took time with Machine Tool Instructor Randy Whyte one-on-one for a couple of days to learn some of the techniques associated with the CNC process before he went off to the national competition.