July 10, 2014
LEWISTON, Idaho – Beau Tippett, a 2014 graduate of Lewis-Clark State College, came away from the national SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City with a gold medal in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) competition. The championships were held June 25 and 26. Tippett, of Lewiston, won a prize package worth over $6,000 that included industry specific tools and equipment, as well as work clothing.
Beau Tippett and Mark Smith at the SkillsUSA Championships.
More than 5,800 outstanding career and technical students, who were all winners of state contests, competed in more than 100 different trade, technical, and leadership fields. “The competition in HVAC-R consisted of eight hands-on stations, with a written test given the day before the main contest,” said Mark Smith, a professor of HVAC and Appliance Technology at LCSC. Smith accompanied Tippett to the competition as advisor and coach.
The eight stations included:
Tippett finished with over 930 points out of a possible 1,000.
He earned a certificate in Advanced HVAC Technology from LCSC and is employed by Kinzer Air in Lewiston.
"The SkillsUSA contest is one of the largest gatherings of new, talented HVAC-R technicians,” said Smith. “Only gold medalists from each state are invited to compete. It is a great assessment of an HVAC-R student, comparing our best to everyone else's best."