This archived article was written by: Stan Byrd
Students from seven high schools attended the second-annual Southeastern Utah Automotive Training Workshop Feb. 12-13 at the College of Eastern Utah-San Juan Campus and San Juan High School in Blanding.
Instructors from the CEU-Price Automotive Technology program directed the popular program that attracted 44 students from San Juan, Monument Valley, Navajo Mountain, Grand, Whitehorse, Emery and Carbon High Schools.
The CEU-Price instructors included Stan Martineau, Mike Kava and Rodney Stevenson. High school instructors included Craig Swenson of San Juan, Bryan Nelson, of Grand County, Powers Whiskers of Monument Valley and Robert Sanders of Whitehorse. CEU Price and the CEU-SJC Workforce Education Division sponsored the two-day event and CEU-Price automotive students assisted.
The first day, students rotated to 20-minute training sessions that included engine repair, suspension and steering, brake and electrical systems, scan-tool diagnostic, air conditioning and data information. During the second day, students competed against each other and the clock to test their skills on what they learned the day before.
The winners included: individual awards – first place-Toby Sheldon, Grand County; second place – Caleb Shumway, Grand County; third place, Cody Arthur, Grand County; fourth place – Beau Collins, Whitehorse, and fifth place – Spencer Bradford, San Juan. First place school winners were Toby Sheldon, Grand; Beau Collins, Whitehorse; Hayden Black, San Juan; and Brian Stanley, Monument Valley.
Kava said the turnout for the workshop exceeded last year’s numbers. “We had a larger group than last year and the tests were much harder this year.”
Workshop organizer and instructor Martineau said he was pleased to see the number of students and the schools that they represented. “We have nine students from Navajo Mountain here this year and they don’t even have an automotive program. But they do have students with an interest in automotive repair. “