July 8, 2014


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ENMU-Roswell Students Compete at National SkillsUSA Event


ENMU-Roswell SkillsUSA students recently competed in the 50th National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, MO. These students won first place at the New Mexico State Leadership and Skills Conference in April, which made them eligible to compete at the national level.


John Hibbard, Greg Johns, and Angel Arellanes competed in the Welding Fabrication Competition, not only representing ENMU-Roswell, but also the state of New Mexico. The students received a theme and a materials list from the contest chair about a month prior to competition day. According to Dusty Baker, Welding Technology instructor, this year’s theme was a “Trailer/Cart” that required a hinged tailgate, the ability to hold 10 cubic yards, a pin style hitch, and fenders. “Other than these requirements, the design is in the students’ hands,” said Baker. “They start with a rough sketch of a design made from the materials list, then proceed to refine the sketch into a working welding print. The print must include precise dimensions and weld symbols in addition to a parts list. These three students then built the project a few times to practice and determine any flaws in the design. This print is then submitted to the judges the day before competition. The day of competition, students had 6.5 hours to build their designed project. They are judged on each welding process, teamwork, fabrication, resume, oral presentation, and safety. Our team did exceptionally well and placed 13th in the nation.”


Ezekiel Garcia also competed in Power Equipment Technology representing ENMU-Roswell and the state of New Mexico. Baker said this competition tests the student’s skills in all areas of this technology. They must know and understand both 2 and 4 cycle engines and the related theories. They should also understand drive trains, hydraulics, as well as wiring schematics. As they rotate through the various stations, they are judged and scored on both physical and oral skills, as well as customer service. They are further tested on their ability to read and follow the job tasks that are given. The results from this competition are still pending.


“SkillsUSA is one of the best connections between students and the technical field,” said Baker. “The only reason it exists is because of good people that believe in the future leaders of our great nation, our students. Because of this, we would like to thank all the members of ENMU-Roswell Foundation for their contributions and support.” Baker also thanks Kay Meyers, Administrative Assistant with the Career and Technical Education division, and Ferron Sutton, Industrial Engineering/Engineering and Design Technology instructor, who spent long hours getting the welding fabrication team design onto a CAD program. Baker also thanks the other SkillsUSA advisors, Eric Gomez and Caleb Cain, for their help and advice in getting to Kansas City. “This would not have been possible without their help and dedication to our SkillsUSA chapter,” said Baker.