Moraine Park apprentices take part in state Skill Competition

by admin17. December 2009 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College apprentices participated in the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Skill Competition held recently at the KI Center in Green Bay.


Dustin Pagel (center) and Will Brown (right) took first and third, respectively, in carpentry at the ABC Skill Competition.

Dustin Pagel of Neenah, a fourth-year apprentice employed by Radtke Contractors Inc. of Winneconne, placed first in the carpentry competition and will represent Wisconsin in carpentry at the ABC National Craft Championships in San Diego, Calif., Feb. 3-7. At the nationals, young men and women compete in one of 14 competitions, representing 13 trades. Each competition includes a written exam and a practical performance test. Medals and cash prizes are awarded to the top finishers within each competition.


Other Moraine Park apprentices who competed in carpentry were Will Brown of Ripon, who placed third and is employed by NorthCentral Construction Inc. of Fond du Lac, and Joel Zalewski of Port Washington who is employed by E. Miller Associates of Cedarburg. Both are third-year apprentices.


“This competition was very intense and all of the participants exhibited outstanding technical skills along with a very thorough working knowledge of the project they had to complete,” said Gary Roehrig, Moraine Park ABC Carpentry Apprentice instructor.


Placing third in the electrical contest from Moraine Park’s West Bend campus was Ryan Punzenberger of West Bend, who is employed by Faith Technologies Inc. of Menasha and is a fifth-year apprentice in the ABC Electrical Apprenticeship program.


Thirty-six apprentices from throughout the state participated in the ABC Skill Competition to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and sheet metal, undergoing a two-hour written exam and a four-hour practical, hands-on project.   


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