Skilled and Technical Sciences Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in skilled trades and other technical occupations, as well as promoting quality programs based on recognized industry standards.
The Utah Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Pathways are based on the national skills standards, where applicable, and established state standards. Students have the opportunity to be a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer in one of twenty-two Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Pathways, within the following eight categories:
> Building Trades
> Mechanics and Repairs
> Personal Services
> Precision Production Trades
> Protective Services
> Transportation and Material Moving
> Visual Arts
While attending Stansbury High School, Bailey Toland participated in the Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Law Enforcement Pathway with the goal to pursue a career in criminal justice. Bailey was involved in the Salt Lake City Explorers Program, with the Salt Lake City Police Department, where she further explored a career in law enforcement by being involved in police operations. Bailey plans enter the Police Academy when she turns 21.
“CTE courses have helped me by giving me the chance to make sure I really wanted to go into a [law enforcement] career. CTE has given me a view on what to expect in college and the classes I will be taking. I have had a huge head-start on my classes for college because of CTE,” said Bailey.
Stars and Skills for the Top Ten Occupations in Skilled and Technical Sciences The following are rated “5 Star” occupations by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and each occupation is projected to –
Employ 1,670 or more Utah workers in 2022.
Offer openings for at least 70 new Utah workers every year through 2022.
Pay median hourly wages of at least $24.40 in Utah.
By Dave Milliken, National SkillsUSA Board Member
Utah Skilled and Technical Sciences specialist, Utah State Office of Education
Utah SkillsUSA members joined their peers from across the country at the 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) June 20-26, 2015, in Louisville, Kentucky. At the conference, 182 secondary (104) and postsecondary (78) Utah SkillsUSA student members competed in 77 of 100 skill competitions. Forty-seven of these students were medalists, with 24 receiving a gold medal, 12 receiving a silver medal, and 11 receiving a bronze medal. From architectural drafting to automotive refinishing technology to carpentry to welding fabrication, Utah SkillsUSA student members competed against their peers with a high level of skill, unmatched determination, and focused concentration.
For the first time in SkillsUSA history middle/junior high school students attended the NLSC and competed in one contest, the team engineering challenge. Although each middle/junior high student was young in age they competed with brave determination beyond their years, as high school and college SkillsUSA student members cheered them on.
In his keynote speech, Nick Pinchuk, Chairman and CEO of Snap-on Incorporated, told SkillsUSA members, “You are respected and connected and educated and motivated and dedicated and prepared and skilled! You are going to ensure the future of America. I have confidence in it and so should you.”
SkillsUSA Championships: By the Numbers > 36 million dollars in total in-kind industry contributions (donated time, equipment, or materials)
> 1.2 million square feet (equivalent to the area of more than 20 football fields) of contest space
> 76,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits, including 122 companies and institutions
> 60,000 volunteer hours
> 6,106 competitors
> 1,125 medals presented (gold, silver, and bronze)
> 1,000 judges
> 650 technical committee members
> 600+ conference participants participated in the community service project sponsored by GOJO
> 340 National Education Team/volunteer conference management staff
> 175 recognition awards
> 150 Courtesy Corps volunteers
> 112 individuals and 12 teams received the President’s Volunteer Service Award
> 100 hands-on and leadership contests
> 75 $1,000 scholarships awarded to competitors for travel to the conference, sponsored by the mikeroweWORKS Foundation
SkillsUSA members celebrated their talents and also celebrated the impact SkillsUSA has had on their personal lives, making each member a Champion at Work. In 1965, the founders of SkillsUSA and approximately 200 students and teachers held a conference in Nashville, Tennessee. They set in motion events and aspirations that are very real today. Five decades later, SkillsUSA has become an unstoppable nationwide network of students and instructors who share a common bond with industry.
Utah SkillsUSA: By the Numbers Congratulations to the Utah SkillsUSA secondary and postsecondary student members who competed in 29 different contests at the 2015 SkillsUSA NLSC. More than 120 Utah advisors, administrators, parents, and family members observed Utah SkillsUSA members compete.
Secondary SkillsUSA Student Members
6 national medalists
> 4 bronze medalists
> 1 silver medalists
> 1 gold medalists
Congratulations to the high school student members who came close to standing on the medals podium. Six students earned a fourth place finish and two earned a fifth place finish in their respective contests.
Postsecondary SkillsUSA Student Members
41 national medalists
> 23 gold medalists
> 11 silver medalists
> 7 bronze medalists
Utah Valley University earned more medals than most of the states competing; and Southern Utah University, Salt Lake Community College, and several of the Utah College of Applied Technology Colleges dominated in many of the competitions.
Congratulations to the postsecondary student members who came close to standing on the medals podium. Ten students earned a fourth place finish and ten students earned a fifth place finish in their respective contests.
Utah ranked fifth in receiving the most medals of any one state, moving up from seventh last year. HERE is the list of contest results.
Utah SkillsUSA student members and state advisors have arrived in Louisville, Kentucky to attend the 2015 SkillsUSA 51st National Leadership and Skills Conference. This year, the event will occupy a space equivalent to 16 football fields and 6,000 state champions will participate in 100 hands-on skills and leadership competitions. The 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference will be a week of citizenship, a week of leadership, and a week of champions!
Join the conference by watching a live stream of the opening ceremony, competitive events, and the awards ceremony, beginning Tuesday, June 23.
> Opening Ceremony: Tuesday, June 23 at 7 p.m. EDT
> Competitive Events: Wednesday, June 24-Thursday, June 25 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT
> SkillsUSA Night/Awards Ceremony: Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. EDT
“After 21 years in one location [Kansas City, Missouri], it presents a little more of a challenge to get ready, but it is going to be great. It will be the largest conference ever . . . We estimate the total attendance to be approximately 16,000. These numbers do not include judges, exhibitors, and other volunteers who are not registered participants,” said Tim Lawrence, SkillsUSA Executive Director.
Congratulations to the Riverton High School automotive team, Wade Tate and Cason Hales, who took first place at the 2015 state Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition. The competition took place May 6, 2015, at Salt Lake Community College, where ten two member teams competed to successfully debug a 2015 Ford vehicle. The competition required teams to make repairs with the highest quality workmanship (in the lowest total time) within 90 minutes.
Wade, Cason, and their instruction Jay Hales will travel to the national competition in Dearborn, Michigan, headquarters of Ford Motor Company, to compete for nearly $12 million in scholarships and prizes, June 7-9, 2015.
2015 State Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition Results
1st Place – Riverton High School Team: Wade Tate and Cason Hales Instructor: Jay Hales
2nd Place – Olympus High School Team: Brinton Neff and Andrew Lodder Instructor: Chris Nielsen
3rd Place – Provo High School Team: Christian Beaumont and Rich Shriber Instructor: Alan Gatenby
4th Place – Clearfield High School Team: Dallas M Stoker and Cole W Younger Instructor: Ed Schimer
5th Place – Timpview High School Team: David Forsythe and Jose Estrada Instructor: Rich Lamb
6th Place – Woods Cross High School Team: Joseph Jackson and Mason Newton Instructor: Evan Kirk
7th Place – Emery High School Team: Tuckett Allred and Hunter Jefferies Instructor: Mike Kava
8th Place – Davis High School Team: Jake Hoffman and Brett Winterton Instructor: Tom Housley
9th Place – Syracuse High School Team: Tyler Fralick and Caleb Hill Instructor: Wayne Burbank
10th Place – Bountiful High School Team: Jackson A Naegle and Mitch A Alsop Instructor: Erick Winkler
“I am very grateful for the opportunity I have had to take CTE classes while I have been in high school. Along with my CTE courses, I have completed a CTE Internship at a local garage in my community. Because of the courses I have taken, the safety certifications I have earned, and my internship, Jiffy Lube hired me on the spot. Many of my friends are amazed that I am earning so much money while still in high school, but I understand that my CTE courses gave me real-life, marketable skills.
“I understand that Jiffy Lube is simply a stepping stone to my future goals. The money I earn at Jiffy Lube will help me pay for school, as well as develop additional soft skills in customer service. I am learning, by working with Jiffy Lube, how a sound business model works.
“Using the CTE Pathways program has helped me learn to set goals and make wise choices when picking elective courses during high school. My goals for the future will be to get my diesel mechanic certifications, as well as a business degree, which will help me to someday own my own business.”
On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 20 high school students from across Utah will gather together to compete in the state Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition at the Miller Campus of Salt Lake Community College. Students, working in teams of two, will compete to successfully debug a 2015 Ford vehicle. The competition requires repairs to be made with the highest quality workmanship (in the lowest total time) within 90 minutes.
The qualifying process began in February with 276 Utah students, in 19 high schools, taking the Ford/AAA written exam in order to have the opportunity to compete in the state hands-on competition. Those students scoring the highest participate in the hands-on competition. The exam includes 50 questions (10 each) in the following five areas:
Environmental and generic safety practices
Steering suspension and brakes
Power train (engine to drive wheels)
The ten teams (two students in each team) participating in the state competition on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 are:
Bountiful High School– Jason Naelge and Mitch Alsop
Clearfield High School– Dallas Stoker and Cole Younger
Davis High School– Jake Hoffman and Brett Winterton
Emery High School – Tuckett Allred and Hunter Jefferies
Olympus High School – Brinton Neff and Andrew Lodder
Provo High School – Christian Beaumont and Rich Shriber
Riverton High School – Wade Tate and Cason Hales
Syracuse High School – Tyler Fralick and Caleb Hill
Timpview High School – David Forsythe and Jose Estrada
Woods Cross High School – Joseph Jackson and Richard Whittaker
The winner of the state competition will advance to the national competition in Dearborn, Michigan (home of Ford Motor Company headquarters) June 7-9, 2015, to compete for nearly $12 million in scholarships and prizes.
The Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition fosters students’ interest in the automotive industry through a spirited nationwide competition with opportunities to win prizes, scholarships, tools and awards along with an experience that could help shape the future of their careers. The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills program helps to ensure future technicians are well-educated to meet ongoing changes in the industry. With more jobs available than workers to fill, a career as an automotive technician provides a promising future.
The work of automotive service technicians and mechanics has evolved from simply mechanical to high technology. According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, in Utah, an experienced automotive service technician earns an hourly wage of $17.20, or $35,776 per year. This occupation is projected to grow 2.3 percent through the year 2022.
On March 10, 2015, Salt Lake City School District welding teacher, Denise Hevner and the Trip W Club (welding club) held a dinner meeting with guest speakers. The purpose of the dinner meeting was to inform students and their parents/guests about the many career opportunities in the field of welding. Together they brought in six guest speakers that are currently working in different areas of the industry.
One of the speakers was a young man by the name of Emilio Quintana. Emilio is a former student of Ms. Hevner and is a Weber State University student who is working on getting his engineering degree in welding. He mentioned the fact that you can make money by creating art through welding. It’s very interesting what you can do with welding! The fact that you can make money by making art speaks volumes to some. You could be an entrepreneur and start your own business.
Despite the fact that welding comes with a good salary, Nick Price from the DATC (Davis Applied Technology College), pointed out that you don’t need to have a huge salary to be happy. He shared his story about opportunities he’s had to get better paying jobs in the field, but turned them down to be a teacher. “It’s about finding your passion and doing what makes you happy. You know you have found your career when you look forward to going to work on Monday,” said Nick.
Jason Hart from Lincoln Electric brought in a virtual reality welding machine to demonstrate how it works. What make this a great training tool is that it gives you instant feedback on your travel speed, travel angle, work angle, arc gap and position. It will rate and score the weld upon completion. This kind of technology is the future of welding education.
All of the guest speakers shared their own experiences and perspectives on how to get started in the welding industry. After the dinner meeting, there was a question and answer session for both parents/guests and students to talk with the guest speakers about more detail and personal information. Parents/guests seemed pleased to learn of the potential for a well-paying career in welding.
America is short more than 200,000 welders right now. If you have the skill and you enjoy it, there is a career waiting for you. The welding industry doesn’t just mean getting under the hood either. That is only one branch of the career path tree. There are many career options if you like welding, and it doesn’t mean you have to be a welder. Learning to weld is just the foundation.
There is a point in every kid’s life where they dream big. Everyone wants to be the person that everyone looks up to. It could differ between a firefighter, astronaut, doctor, or even a police officer. The more they grow up the more options they know they have and choose to become something else. For me, becoming a police officer is only the beginning of my dream. I have had many opportunities in the past couple months to get up close and be a part of law enforcement.
[I was] able to go on a ride along with different [police] officers to get the point of view of what it is like to be out on the road. I learned how the computers worked and everything that it was used for, which always was a huge curiosity for me. I learned the police talk they always use. I’m pretty good at being able to describe and/or say what they are saying, “Alpha-2-November-Hotel-4-7-Oscar.”
I was also able to meet with a K9 Unit officer Corporal Kleven and his partner Jaxon. He was super generous in helping to describe his duties and even stretched the rules for me and allowed me to go on a ride along with him, which was the best experience. He also did a one-on-one drug search at the police department so I could be up close and watch. Corporal Kleven taught me how the [K9 Unit] accepts dogs and trains them, how to use hand signals and offer treats to Jaxon.
The best part of my CTE Internship was being able to have Officer Kerr, at Sky View High School, be a big part in helping me put all of this together. He taught me a lot of things that most [people] wouldn’t know. I had the chance to write tickets, go on patrol, watch security footage, and my most favorite part was him hand cuffing me.
There were a few things, out of many, I had an opportunity to be a part of because of the Work-Based Learning class at Sky View High School. This was the best class I could have chosen. Because of this experience it has put a whole new view on how I see law enforcement, and it helped me decide that I really want to stay on this pathway. My personal view of police officers is that they are there to help keep the community safe. There are bad ones out there, but most are not. The view of them right now is not a good one, but if you actually give them a chance, and not get in trouble with the law, you will see they are only there to help.
SkillsUSA is a nationwide network of students and instructors in a common bond with powerful industry partnerships, serving more than 11.6 million members for over 50 year. SkillsUSA not only empowers its member to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens, but also provides quality education experiences in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. In Utah, there are more than 2,000 members in 76 chapters.
SkillsUSA members don’t just have a great passion for what they can achieve, but also for what they can contribute. SkillsUSA’s Program of Work actively involves members in community service. SkillsUSA cultivate engaged citizens who not only love what they do, but who also respect the power they have to make a difference in the lives of others.
Utah SkillsUSA has the following goals: 1. Increase secondary and postsecondary member participation.2. Encourage all members to become stronger advocates for CTE. 3. Encourage members to engage in meaningful community service activities. 4. Encourage full member participation in SkillsUSA programs and events.
This year, SkillsUSA celebrates 50 Years of Champions at Work. In conjunction with this celebration, student members across the country will celebrate SkillsUSA Week February 8-14. WATCH how SkillsUSA is making a difference in the lives of student members.
Mario Sanchez is a graduate of Wasatch High School and is attending Mountainland Applied Technology College where he is studying to become certified in welding. He is working hard to obtain the experience he needs for his future career. “I understand the experience I need in order to be successful in my occupational area involves a lot of training and practice. However, I also need a degree or a certificate in welding to obtain the right education required for a higher paying job.”
Education is important to Mario. His parents migrated to the U.S. and wanted him to work hard and get an education so that he would have opportunities that he couldn’t have otherwise. “My parents have taught me that if I work hard I can create a better life for myself. They sacrificed everything and worked so hard to give me this opportunity. With all my heart and sweat I’m not going to disappoint them. They are my heroes. I know that education is the power to success. A great man by the name of Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ I believe in this quote. I think that in order to change this world you have to understand how the world works,” says Mario.
Mario explains how high school wasn’t always easy for him. “In the beginning of high school it was not always easy for me to get good grades. But then I realized how important education is in my life and I made some changes. I became determined to graduate from high school, go to college, and work really hard. I took a lot of CTE courses such as auto mechanics at Mountainland Applied Technology College and three years of welding. I really enjoyed hands-on projects and creating and repairing things. I focused a lot of my time and effort to improve my skills and do my best in my CTE classes. The CTE classes helped me a lot. They prepared me for life and prepared me to get a good job after graduation. I never felt like I was wasting my time, but only improving my skills for the job market. I was always looking for a challenge and new things to learn. This helped me make the most out of my CTE experience. I am excited for my future and to do my part to contribute to society.”