The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey Foundation has announced the winners of its 2019 SkillsUSA Marine Service Technology Contest. Since 2006, the program has handed out nearly $25,000 in scholarships and student awards.
The awards were presented as follows:
- Gold Medal: Matt Cardinal of Ocean County Vocational Technical School
- Silver Medal: Allen Cordano of Gloucester County Institute of Technology
- Bronze Medal: Tyler Goldsmith of Ocean County Vocational Technical School
Students competed in individual skill stations and completed a written test. The hands-on stations included two- and four-stroke outboards and stern drive and inboard troubleshooting and repair. Students faced issues with valve adjustment, systems wiring, ignition troubleshooting, volt and ohmmeter use, water pumps, and trailer service. The written test covered diagnostics and service and repair of marine accessories. Contestants were judged on safe-work practices, cleanliness, organizational skills, accuracy, speed and completion of assigned tasks.
In addition to the scholarships and student awards, the MTA/NJ Foundation is working to address workforce issues through marine training reimbursements, industry certification courses and education and training in the classroom and on the job for members and their employees. The foundation has provided more than $10,000 for training since 2014.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, leaders and industry representatives to create a skilled workforce.