High school teams compete at Moraine Park's Junkyard Challenge

by admin23. May 2007 19:00

Like metal fossils being pieced together, prehistoric creations took shape as five area high schools competed in the fourth annual Junkyard Challenge at Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam campus.

 

With workstations piled with scrap-metal objects of all shapes, functions and sizes, the teams used Moraine Park’s welding lab to turn odds and ends into skeletal dinosaur bodies, claws, teeth and eyes, recycling mundane items that had outlived their usefulness into unique works of art.

 

The Slinger High School team took first place with their prehistoric version of a frilled lizard. Team members were sophomore Logan Boschae, junior Dan Steingraber and seniors Harley Corren, Andy Lee and Alex Leonhardt. Accompanying them was Slinger High technology and engineering instructor Tom Kiser. The school has had a team at the welding event every year since its inception. The first two years the students “just tried whatever,” said Kiser. “The last two years we have done some research. They really decided ahead what they wanted to do.” The students knew they would be dealing with a skeletal structure, and their imaginations took off from there.

 

Receiving an honorable mention was the Princeton High School first-time team of seniors Mike Goetz and Jon Hawkins, who made a tall and elaborately detailed dinosaur. Technology education instructor Scott Simacek said that while Princeton doesn’t offer a welding class, both students were familiar with welding. “I think it’s wonderful kids are seeing other kids and getting other ideas,” said Simacek.

 

“It was a fun experience,” said Goetz. “We learned cast-iron stuff doesn’t weld too well.” He and Hawkins plan to start a sculpture garden outside the school.

 

Beaver Dam High School had two teams formed from one metals manufacturing class. The Junkyard Challenge offers “another level of metals because they have to think outside the box and really be creative,” said instructor Mark Boehmer. “The competition level allows them to see how they compare to other high schools.” Creating an elaborate
T-rex style sculpture were juniors Kyle Schade and Noah Schepp and seniors Nathan Heck, Brian Larson and Kyle Livingston. The second team consisted of seniors Bob Pagenkopf, Brandon Paitrick, Alex Shute and Cody Weber who created a Flintstones scene as well as several prehistoric “stick” people aiming spears at a large dinosaur.

 

A team from West Bend West High School participated for the first time. “We came up to have fun,” said Kim Benson, advanced manufacturing instructor. “The students wanted to get a chance to see the welding facility and this was a good opportunity.” Seniors Jon Beardsley, Heath Jakubowski, Matt Moser and James Steinmetz crafted a dinosaur being led on a chain by a prehistoric human.

 

“I had a lot of fun doing it,” said Steinmetz. “I’m glad I came.” He enjoyed using Moraine Park’s welding lab and equipment.

 

The Fond du Lac High School team made not only one unique dinosaur walking on all fours, but also a smaller flying creature. The team included sophomores Jesse Lallier and Zach Yadaites, junior Alan Luckow and seniors Sam Kaiser and Tony Snyder, accompanied by instructor Tony Pickart.

 

Judges were Kathy Barnett, coordinator for the Seippel Homestead and Center for the Arts, and Jerry Kamps, a representative of the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association and a retired Beaver Dam High School art teacher. The teams were judged on creative use of materials, texture, movement and the variety of items used.

 

Alex Leonhardt, a member of the winning Slinger team, said the team did a lot of research for their prehistoric frilled lizard. “Coming prepared really helps,” he said. “You can hop on the project right away.”

 

“I thought it was pretty cool,” said fellow team member Logan Boschae of the Junkyard Challenge. “I’d like to do this again next year.”

 

“What I love to see is the teamwork and the leadership,” said Charles Reynolds, welding advisory committee member and welding technology manager with Alliance Laundry Systems in Ripon. “That is the kind of thing you need in production.”

 

In addition to the team event, there also was an individual welding competition in which participants brought in for judging items they had already made. The winners and their high schools were as follows:

 

Gas Metal Arc Welding

1st: Noah Schepp, Beaver Dam HS

2nd: Gavin Gantner, Fond du Lac HS

3rd: Sam Kaiser, Fond du Lac HS

 

Shielded Metal Arc Welding

1st: Jessie Lallier, Fond du Lac HS

2nd: Ryan Rochwite, Fond du Lac HS

3rd: Korey Liebersbach, Fond du Lac HS

 

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

1st: Brian Larson, Beaver Dam HS

2nd: Kyle Livingston, Beaver Dam HS

3rd: Bob Hopp, Fond du Lac HS

 

Oxy-Fuel

1st: Cody Weber, Beaver Dam, HS

2nd: Kyle Schade, Beaver Dam HS

3rd: Tony Snyder, Fond du Lac, HS

 

For more information about Moraine Park’s Welding program, visit www.morainepark.edu or call an outreach specialist at 1-800-472-4554. For more information about the Junkyard Challenge, call Sue Silverstein, Moraine Park welding/fabrication instructor, at 920-887-4490.

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Moraine Park holds Endurance Challenge 2007

by admin20. May 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College hosted the third annual Endurance Challenge 2007 at its Fond du Lac campus on Wednesday, May 9. The event is sponsored by the College’s Engine Research and Development Technician program.

 

High school students were challenged to modify a 7-horsepower engine, donated by Briggs and Stratton, to get the best fuel efficiency and run the longest, then bring it to the event to compete with the others. Each team was given a pre-measured amount of gas to burn in their engine then timed on how long each engine ran, and each engine was given a safety inspection before the competition got under way. Participating high schools included Beaver Dam, Campbellsport, Plymouth, Princeton, Sheboygan North and Sheboygan South. All except Campbellsport and Princeton were participating for the first time.

 

The teams were assisted by Moraine Park faculty, staff and students as well as employees of Mercury Marine, John Deere and Kohler Co. The teams shared the challenge of making successful modifications within a specific timeframe, coming up with ideas and figuring out what would work or not. They enjoyed competing, seeing the other engines and coming away with new ideas and an increased understanding of engines.

 

The winning engine ran for 33 minutes, 28 seconds, and was modified by Sheboygan South students Adam Lorenz and Jarrod Brown. “I learned a lot about balancing flywheels,” said Lorenz. (A flywheel stores energy and is used to even out fluctuations in speed as an engine runs.) The senior also enjoyed seeing the other teams’ engines and, of course, seeing his team’s engine take first place. The team advisor was Joe Janicek, a technology educator at Sheboygan South.

 

The Sheboygan North High School team of Kelton Fick, Ryan Mergen, Matt Rommel and Shane Williams came in second with a time of 32 minutes and 23 seconds. “We learned ways to keep an engine going, and to buy an adjustable carburetor,” said Williams.

 

“I learned a lot about trial and error,” said Fick.

 

Team advisor Alan Rekowski of Sheboygan North said one benefit of the Endurance Challenge for the students is that “they are able to verify their hypothesis and learn about other modifications they may not have thought up. I hope the students will be able to replicate and apply their knowledge to their HMV (High Mileage Vehicle) engines.”

 

The Campbellsport team of David Herring, Matt Loehr, Matt Mielke and Tim Woodley got their engine to run long enough to come in third at 23:23.

 

Plymouth High School team advisor James Azzalino enjoyed seeing former students now enrolled at Moraine Park. The event was also a chance for his current students to get a sense of what it’s like to learn in a college environment. The Plymouth team of Cory Bauer, Thomas Dowty, Kyle Singer and Brant Theiler got their engine to run for 17 minutes, 10 seconds, placing fourth.

 

The Princeton team enjoyed the challenge of modifying their engine to be as efficient as possible, said team advisor Scott Simacek of Princeton High School. Their efforts kept it running for 17:07. Team member Cory Prachl felt that counterweights were needed. Other team members were Jake Braun and Ty Weir.

 

The Beaver Dam High School engine chugged along for 13 minutes and 30 seconds before a piston broke. “Although our motor blew up, we learned a lot about engines,” said Jim Fitzgerald, father of one of the team members. Student team members were James Borck, Riley Fitzgerald, Jordan Matuseski, Jeremy Quandt and Phil Wuesthoff.

 

“Use two piston rings,” said both Fitzgerald and Matuseski when asked what they learned.

 

Each member of the winning team will receive a $250 Moraine Park scholarship if they enroll at the College. Other prizes included wrench sets, hats, shirts, CD cases and FM radios. Prizes were donated by Kohler Co., Mercury Marine, Briggs & Stratton, John Deere and Wacker Corporation, all of which have been strong supporters of Moraine Park’s Engine Research and Development program.

 

Fall 2007 enrollment for the Engine Research and Development Technician program is currently under way at Moraine Park. For more information about the program call a Moraine Park outreach specialist at 1-800-472-4554.

 

 

 

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Moraine Park presents more than 1,000 with degrees, diplomas and certificates

by admin20. May 2007 19:00

Turning the page from one chapter of their lives to the next, the Moraine Park Technical College Class of 2007 said goodbye to classrooms and hello to careers on Saturday, May 19, at the Fond du Lac High School Field House.

 

“Making opportunities happen” was the class motto adopted by the graduates from Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses. Among the newest Moraine Park alumni, 452 received associate degrees, 485 received technical diplomas and 113 received program certificates.

 

Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek presided over the College’s commencement ceremony in which nearly 400 of the 1,050 graduate candidates participated. The degrees, diplomas and certificates were conferred by Moraine Park District Board chairperson Lisa Mader and vice chairperson Marty Mittelstadt.

 

“Our graduates are the fabric that supports Wisconsin,” said Hytrek, as she addressed those present. “They are the nurses that take care of you and your loved ones, they are the mechanics that repair our cars, and they are the technicians that repair and program our computers, our machinery and our air conditioners. They design computer programs in business offices and in manufacturing, architectural and engineering firms. They not only build our houses, they also install the electrical wiring and plumb our houses. They cook our food, fix our hair and nails, and keep our prisons orderly and safe. And our EMTs, surgical techs, respiratory techs and others help save lives every day. These are just a few examples of what our graduates do day in and day out.” 

 

The Student Senate presidents from each of Moraine Park’s campuses addressed their fellow students and guests: Jasmine Duarte, Supervisory Management program, Beaver Dam campus; Laurie Schneider, Administrative Assistant program, Fond du Lac campus; and Stephanie Larson, Instructional Assistant program, West Bend campus.

 

“When I first started at Moraine Park, I told myself that this (going to college) is going to take forever; now that it has ended, I realize that I never want it to end,” said Duarte of Beaver Dam. “This has just been the start of what I know will be a lifetime of learning new things. I have met so many individuals who have changed my life and made me a better person for knowing them.”

 

“My experience at Moraine Park has been wonderful and rewarding,” said Schneider of Fond du Lac, who graduated with high honors. “When I first came here, my life had no direction. ... As a single mother of three, I knew my life had to change so I could support my children and become someone they could be proud of. I was determined to be a good role model and show them an education is priceless. Moraine Park provided me with many opportunities to demonstrate my skills, enhance my strengths and improve my weaknesses.”

 

The final student speaker, Larson of Slinger, who also served as a member of the Moraine Park District Student Government told her fellow students, “While being a student at Moraine Park, I was given many opportunities to get involved in activities on and outside campus. I joined the student senate where I learned to be an active team member and leader. I was able to build many friendships that gave me the drive to stay motivated and on track to reach my goal of graduating today. We all have goals in life. One of our goals is being achieved today. When we walk across the stage and receive our certificates, technical diplomas or associate degrees, we can all be proud in knowing that we achieved a major goal in life.”

 

M. Kathleen Murphy, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, was presented with Moraine Park’s 2007 Distinguished Alumnus Award by Dan Ensalaco, vice president of academics and economic development. Murphy is a 1985 graduate of the College’s Nursing program and the health services coordinator for the Milwaukee Public School System. “I am both grateful and humbled by this recognition, and believe that is due in large measure to the wonderful start I had as a nursing graduate of Moraine Park,” said Murphy. “The theme of making opportunities happen fits so well with the opportunities that opened up to me as a nurse and a graduate of this college.” 

 

The graduation processional was led by bagpiper Gina Crossley, with the ceremonial music performed by Brassination, a brass quintet from the Fond du Lac area. Shady Grove, also from the Fond du Lac area, provided the pre-ceremonial music. A reception was held at the high school.

 

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Sessions still available for Moraine Park's Tech Knowledge College

by admin16. May 2007 19:00

Six sessions at Moraine Park Technical College’s Tech Knowledge College (TKC) still have openings left. To be held July 31-Aug. 2 at the Fond du Lac campus, TKC is fun way for kids entering 6th through 8th grade to explore a variety of careers.

 

Remaining sessions include:

 

Discover China: Learn to say your name in Chinese and how to write numbers. Learn about China’s products, customs and clothing, and the ways in which China and the U.S. are similar and different.

 

Go, Team, Go!: By finding out what “color” you are (red, green, etc.) you can learn about who you are, what you like and dislike and why you react the way you do. With your TKC team members you will learn how to take your individual styles and work together as a team.

 

Intercontinental Auto Techs: Are foreign cars different from American cars when it comes to servicing and maintaining them? Check it out at Intercontinental Auto Techs! Do vehicle inspections, check fluids, access computerized service manuals and more.

 

Numbers – Making Money in Business: Set up a lemonade stand, decide how much lemonade and other supplies to buy, set the price and see how much you can sell. Create a balance sheet and profit and loss statement and balance your company checkbook.

 

Science Anatomy Team: Become a scientist for three days and conduct experiments to discover what makes your heart beat, how food is digested, how your lungs work, what your liver does and more.

 

 

Wide World of Nursing: Monitor blood pressure, take temperatures and measure heights, weights and body fat. Do your own self-health screenings including blood sugars and cholesterol. Learn about technology used in health care. Visit a health clinic in Fond du Lac to do audiograms, vision and pulmonary testing.

 

Cost is $85. For more information, visit www.morainepark.edu/tkc or call or e-mail Jan Logan at 920-924-6381, 1-800-472-4554 or jlogan@morainepark.edu.

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Seminar offered on winning government contracts

by admin15. May 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will help area machine shops and fabricators learn how to locate contracting opportunities with the federal government at two training seminars to be held on Thursday, June 7. The training sessions will be conducted by the Business Procurement Assistance Center (BPAC) at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. 

 

Machining/Fabrication 1 will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on June 7. The Department of Defense (DOD) offers some of the best opportunities for a machine shop and/or fabricator to do business with the federal government. This training session is ideal for the machining and/or fabrication company new to government contracting or just starting to actively seek government work. The class will focus on identifying contracting opportunities, time management techniques, registration requirements and how machined/fabricated items are purchased, plus provide tips on how to be a successful contractor. A $30 fee for Machining/Fabrication 1 will cover the cost of materials.

 

Machining/Fabrication 2 will follow in the afternoon from 1 to 3:30 p.m. This seminar is targeted to machine shops/fabricators that are aggressively pursuing government contracts. The class will focus on current and upcoming changes to the contracting process. More in-depth topics important to competing in the DOD marketplace will be explored such as how to quote bids electronically, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and Wide Area Work Flow. There is a $40 fee for Machining/Fabrication 2.

 

Registration is required and can be done online at http://matcmadison.edu/bpac/events.htm. If you have questions contact BPAC at bpac@matcmadison.edu or (608) 243-4490.

 

Established by Madison Area Technical College in 1988, BPAC provides technical and marketing assistance to Wisconsin businesses. In 2006, BPAC helped companies win 7,511 government contracts valued at $358 million, resulting in the creation or retention of 7,118 jobs in Wisconsin.

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Moraine Park names Rettler as West Bend campus interim administrator

by admin14. May 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College has selected Pete Rettler as the Interim Campus and Community Partner for the West Bend campus. Rettler currently serves as executive dean of instructional technologies and curriculum design with the College. Craig Johnson, the College’s former campus and community partner, recently resigned to accept a position with Winona State University in Rochester, Minn.

 

Rettler, who has been with Moraine Park since 1997, will continue to serve in both capacities through the end of the year by which time the College plans to have a permanent candidate selected for the position.

 

“Pete’s current involvement and familiarity with the West Bend community made him a natural choice to serve in the interim role,” said Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek. “We anticipate a very smooth transition during this time and will look to Pete to continue to maintain the strong business and community relationships already in place.”

 

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to be serving in this new capacity,” said Rettler. “I have lived in the area nearly my entire life and know the importance of technical education. I have many neighbors and friends who earned their college degrees from Moraine Park and are now successful business owners or are thriving at their places of work.”

 

Rettler, a lifelong resident of Washington County, grew up in Hartford and is a 1982 graduate of Hartford Union High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Business Finance from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. Rettler returned to Washington County in 1997 and currently lives in West Bend along with his wife Kelly and their four children. He is an active member of the community.

 

Rettler is certified by the Wisconsin Technical College System in computer information systems, computer software and as an instructional supervisor. He will receive his master’s degree in Management and Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake College in December 2007.

 

Rettler can be reached by phone at 262-335-5706 or via e-mail at prettler@morainepark.edu.

 

For information on Moraine Park Technical College, visit www.morainepark.edu.

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Moraine Park student named Wisconsin Student Government president

by admin14. May 2007 19:00

Duane Porter, a student at Moraine Park Technical College, was elected president of the Wisconsin Student Government (WSG) for the 2007-08 academic year at the recent WSG meeting in New Richmond. He has been serving as WSG lieutenant governor for 2006-07.

 

Porter, from Campbellsport, is enrolled in the Information Technology – Technical Support Specialist associate degree program at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. In addition to serving on the WSG, he is member of the Moraine Park IT Club, the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate and the Moraine Park District Student Government (DSG). He also serves on Moraine Park's Quality Council. 

 

The Wisconsin Student Government is a student-run organization representing more than 460,000 technical college students across the state. WSG participates in the shared governance of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and seeks to advance higher education by empowering current and future students to advocate on their own behalf for the accessibility, affordability and quality of the WTCS. WSG addresses political and other issues that affect students, faculty, the system's financial concerns and its existence.

 

Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses each have their own Student Senate to provide campus student activities and to address campus student government business. Moraine Park’s District Student Government is established to address college-wide student issues and provide tri-campus student activities between each campus.

 

Porter was elected WSG lieutenant governor at the Feb. 2 DSG meeting and attended his first WSG meeting, the WSG Legislative Seminar, Feb. 25-27. “He decided at the recent April WSG meeting to run for 2007-08 WSG president and presented a very informative and persuasive campaign speech to the WSG membership which resulted in his election,” said Jan Logan, Moraine Park student government advisor. “This is a very wonderful opportunity for one of Moraine Park's student leaders to serve as WSG president. Duane will attend the statewide District Boards Association meetings, among numerous other statewide meetings.”

 

“I am truly honored to be given the opportunity to serve on the executive board of WSG for the next year,” said Porter. “When I first entered Moraine Park last fall I never imagined that any of this would be happening. I hope that I can be an example to others in regard to opportunities and the excellent education provided by Moraine Park Technical College.”

 

Porter is the third Moraine Park student over the past four years to be elected president of the WSG. Former Moraine Park students Monica Williamson and Michele Scholz also held the position.

 

For more information about Moraine Park, visit www.morainepark.edu.

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Moraine Park Foundation receives endowed scholarship from Oberreich Foundation

by admin13. May 2007 19:00

An endowed scholarship has been established with the Moraine Park Foundation by the Francis R. and Ruth E. Oberreich Foundation in Markesan.

 

This new general scholarship is available to all qualified Moraine Park program students. Applicants must be enrolled for at least nine credits per semester and maintain a grade point average of at least 2.75. Financial need is among the criteria used to determine scholarship recipients.

 

“An endowed scholarship ensures student scholarships for perpetuity and is an outstanding memorial to individuals like Francis and Ruth Oberreich,” said Sharon Nevins Holmes, Moraine Park vice president of marketing and college advancement. “Increasing the Moraine Park Foundation’s endowed scholarship fund will enable us to make education a reality for more students.”

 

The private foundation established by the late Francis and Ruth Oberreich is dedicated to helping youth and makes annual gifts to churches, schools and other nonprofit organizations. This is the first endowed scholarship the Oberreich Foundation has given.

 

Lynn Funk, Oberreich Foundation board president, said education was something that Ruth Oberreich always felt was important so when the opportunity arose for the foundation to create an endowed scholarship, the board felt it was “a match made in heaven,” she said.

 

“The idea that this money is perpetual is what was really appealing,” said Funk. “The money that has been donated will go on and on and continue to help people who want to go on to college but need some additional assistance.”

 

For more information about the Moraine Park Foundation, visit www.morainepark.edu or call Sharon Holmes at 920-924-6326.

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Moraine Park retirees honored

by admin13. May 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College honored staff who are retiring this year and those who are marking service anniversaries with a retirement and service recognition event on April 30.

 

The welcome was given by Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek, with retirees announced by Kathy Broske, Human Resources vice president, and service recognition given by Beth Mendoza and Tim Stadler, Human Resources associate directors.

 

The 13 retirees include Richard Block, accounting instructor, from the Beaver Dam campus; Carol Kaiser, communications instructor, Donna Miller, Organizational Development administrative aide, Gary Miller, math instructor, John Phillips, dean of health sciences and public services, Sue Rosenmeier, word processing/curriculum specialist, John Schuppe, SunGard consultant, Tom Swingen, buildings and grounds maintenance worker, Joanne VanderSchaaf, child care center associate, and Jo Wischnewski, assistant to the vice president of Academic Affairs, from the Fond du Lac campus; and Mary Bestul, math instructor, Lee Sauer, communications/social science instructor, and Ray Zingsheim, accounting instructor, from the West Bend campus.

 

“We are grateful to each and every one of our retirees and to our staff who are marking anniversaries for their years of dedicated service to Moraine Park and our students,” said Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “We wish our retirees the best as they begin the next chapter of their lives.”

 

Honorees who marked service anniversaries include Judith Bourbonais and Jan Logan, 35 years; David Blum, 30 years; Anne Brett, Dorothy Esselman, Kathy Hirschboeck, Susan Linde, Ken Sabel and Mary Ann Schoenwetter, 25 years; Gloria Arenz, Mary Bestul, Judith Cayner, Sharon Lewis, Dianne Link, Deborah Martin, Joe Pease, Fredrick Rice, Sue Rosenmeier and Chris VanGrinsven, 20 years; Nadine Arndt, Bonnie Bauer, Rainer Fleschner, Donna Freund, Greg Harding, Joan Hill, JoAnne Henken and Linda Pratt, 15 years; and Betty Barlow, Chuck Brendel, Lila Buytendorp, Ann Faul, Lynn Marquardt, Pete Rettler, Scott Troedel, Jerome VanKirk, Mary Vogl-Rauscher and Linda Wilke, 10 years.

 

Five-year honorees include Chuck Birringer, Heidi Bogenschneider, Joan Bolender, Jonne Braun, Josh Bullock, Amy Clark, Curt DeHaan, Joe Dion, Bruce Forciea, JoAnn Hall, Amanda Hruska, Leon Jost, Mary Krieger, Denise Kryzanowski, Stephanie Lueck, Mary Martin, Candace Meindel, Marylou Mercado, Jeff Quackenboss, Lisa Rameker, Steve Trewyn, Catherine Werner and Terri Wilkens.

 

The event was catered by Moraine Park Culinary Arts students, under the supervision of Culinary Arts instructors Ron Speich, Tom Endejan and James Simmers.

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Moraine Park EPD students compete in Lineman's Rodeo

by admin13. May 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College students enrolled in the Electrical Power and Distribution (EPD) technical diploma program at the Beaver Dam campus recently took part in the 5th Annual College Lineman's Rodeo at Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas.

 

The Moraine Park students joined teams from around the U.S. in the competition. The following students competed as a team as well as individuals: Mike Mathu of Luxemburg, J.J. Blosmore of Hartland, Bryan Hansen of Waunakee and Owen Vande Kolk of Brandon. As a team, they took sixth place overall in the competition and received a trophy.

 

Competing as individuals for scoring purposes were Katie Theys of Luxemburg, Matt Becker of Hartford and Cory Johnson of Tomah. Johnson earned second place overall in the written portion of the competition and was awarded a trophy.

 

The competition consisted of four events:

 

·         8-foot crossarm changeout on a 35-foot pole.

·         Speed-climb a 35-foot pole and place a golf ball in a bag at the top then return to the ground.

·         Install an 8-foot crossarm along with insulators on a pole at ground level.

·         Written test from The Lineman's Cableman's Handbook, 10th Edition

 

Each structure was designed and built to Rural Utilities Service (RUS) specifications for a 15,000 volt design.

 

The competition focuses on safety, climbing technique and the technique used when working at the 35-foot level. Speed only comes into play as the tiebreaker.

  

“The rodeo is a perfect opportunity for the students to network with other students enrolled in similar programs across the country and trade different techniques on how to perform safe work on the poles, “ said Steven Brodbeck, Moraine Park EPD instructor.

 

For more information about the Electrical Power Distribution technical diploma, visit www.morainepark.edu.

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