LCSC students sweep Idaho Skills USA HVAC competition
Lewis-Clark State College students swept the top three places in the Heating, Venting, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) competition at the Idaho SkillsUSA competition held recently at LCSC.
Jarrad Porter of Lewiston won the gold medal, Jeremy Kappler of Moscow took the silver, and Eric Jackson of Lewiston won the bronze. Porter will now compete at the national SkillsUSA competition on June 23-28 at Kansas City, Mo. He will be accompanied by Mark Smith, his advisor and HVAC instructor.
The students competed in several skill areas, including written tests pertaining to HVAC skills and certification levels, making a project using soldered and brazed connections, testing for electrical failure and diagnostics on air conditioners, gas furnaces, and 2 heat-pumps, and testing for pump-down and temperatures on refrigeration analysis.
Prizes for this year’s state contest included work clothing, test meters, and tools specific for the craft donated from Johnstone Supply Company (Spokane), Mike’s Heating and Air (Lewiston), and Derek Wilson. Major sponsors for this year’s event 23re Copeland Corporation, Carrier Corporation, Sears, Rheem, Scotsman Ice Machines, Robinair, and Lennox Industries.
The judges for the competition were Kevin Parris, Up-the-Creek Heating and A/C (Orofino), Derek Wilson of Mike’s Heating (Lewiston), Rick Disarno of Hobson Fabricating (Lewiston), and Alan Zander of Lightning Heating (Lewiston).