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Student Technical Solutions Competition
Which student is the best welder in all the land? Auto tech? Machine tools - lathe operator? Find out at the Student Technical Solutions (STS 2022) Competition. 

Delta College is hosting another competition for local high school and technical center students. The 2022 Student Technical Solutions Competition will be on Friday, March 18.

Registration for the STS 2022 event is now closed.

If you have any questions about registration or need to make changes, please email Wendy Martin at wsmartin@delta.edu or call 989-686-9258. 

Welding student
Why participate?
  • Give students an opportunity to demonstrate their technical knowledge, skills and problem-solving abilities.
  • Provide a occupational incentive for students.
  • Focus public attention on the  industrial education programs provided for youth in the area.
  • Increase communication between education and industry.
  • Network with other teachers with similar goals and interests.


Competition Categories

  • Arc Welding I
  • Arc Welding II
  • Automotive Service Technology - Maintenance Light Repair (Team)
  • Machine Tools - Lathe I
  • Machine Tools - Lathe II
  • Machine Tools - Mill I
  • Machine Tools - Mill II
  • Mechanical AUTOCAD
  • Parametric Solid Modeling
  • Residential Construction (Team)

Questions? 

Business and Technology Division
businessandtechnology@delta.edu

Wendy Martin
wsmartin@delta.edu
989-686-9258

Coming to Campus

Those who come to campus should complete a health screening before coming to campus. Building entrances are limited due to screening process. Look for directional signage.

Health Screening

Currently, access to main campus for students and visitors will occur through limited entrances by the east and west side of the Pioneer Gym (N Wing), and the Bay Metro Bus drop off and pick up at the S Wing, where health screener employees will be located. All other entrances will be locked.

If you have any questions about coming to campus or the screening, please reach out to us at ODRcovid19@delta.edu or 989-686-9455.

Health screening for faculty, staff and visitors

Faculty, staff and visitors are also required to complete a health screening before arriving to campus. The screening can be accessed on the homepage or by visiting apps.delta.edu/CovidScreening.

Masks on campus

Delta College will continue to require everyone to wear a mask while inside any one of Delta's buildings, regardless of your vaccination status. Masks will be available at the entrances, if needed. 

Competition rooms

Only student contestants, judges, and directors will be allowed in the competition area (room) during the actual competition.

Schedule Information and Rules            

Delta's doors will open at 7:30am. 

Student Technical Solution Competitions (STS 2022) are scheduled to begin at 8:30am. Pick up a STS 2022 program at the check-in the M Wing hallway. The program will provide schedule details and competition room locations.

At, or soon after, 8:15am, all student participants should take their equipment directly to the room where their competition is to be held and meet with the category director. 

Judging immediately follows the competition action. Awards will be presented following the judging period. Check the program for award presentation details.  

The number of participants allowed to compete in each competition area must be predetermined due to the limits of our facilities. If fewer than three different sponsors have entered an individual or team in a particular category by the deadline of day of the event, that category may be deleted and the sponsoring schools notified.

In case of an emergency, substitutions for contestants may be made by phone or at Delta on the day of the competition. 

Problem topics

Identical problems will be given to all contestants in each competition category.

Award decisions

Judges decisions will be final.

Safety equipment

Students must provide their own safety equipment, etc., as requested in

Competition rooms

Only student contestants, judges, and directors will be allowed in the competition area (room) during the actual competition.

 Eligibility

Any student in the Delta College Area of influence, in grades 9-12, enrolled in courses in a Michigan public, private, or parochial school is eligible if they have not reached their 21st birthday at the time of submitting their registration.

Each student must presently be enrolled in a course in which the subject matter and level match that of the category in which they wish to compete.

For further requirements, see “Specific Rules and Information” for each subject area and category in which your students will participate.

Sponsor definition and eligibility

A school is eligible to be a "sponsor" if the course(s) is taught at that school.

For example: If "Beginning Drafting" is taught at the student's home school, the home school may be a "sponsor," and the instructor is responsible for registrations. If, however, home schools A, B, and C send their students to a center, e.g., a  career center or to a school where facilities are available to teach a course such as "Welding", then that center/school is the "sponsor," and the instructor at that center/school is responsible for filling out the registration forms.

A sponsoring school may have one or more individuals or teams represented in each competition category, subject to the space limits.

Automotive Service Technology Competition

Two students will work together as a team for one score in the automotive competition.

  1. Automotive Service Technology - Maintenance Light Repair Technician
General information
  • Competition will start promptly.
  • Instructions for the competition will be in the automotive classroom.
  • Instructors may accompany their students to the check-in. The contestants will be given a walk through before the competition begins.
  • Students will be asked to use OEM service information or AllData at most of the stations.
  • Most stations will use General Motors vehicles.
  • As a general rule, the first questions on the tests are easier and questions get progressively harder as you progress down the page.
  • Harder questions are typically worth more points.
  • Total points on any one given test cannot exceed 100.
Tools and equipment

Bring the following
Two #2 lead pencils. A written test will be given in each area to be used as a tie breaker.

Dress appropriately
Due to the professional nature of this contest, contestants are required to wear apparel appropriate to the trade including: safety glasses with side shields or goggles; appropriate one or two-piece work clothes; leather work shoes (no athletic shoes or clothing allowed, long hair must be tied back).

Any contestant not appropriately dressed will receive a 20% demerit from their final score. 

This competition is designed to test the basic skills and knowledge of the automotive students.

Questions?

If you would like more  information on the Automotive Service Technology competition category, email John Carroll at johncarroll@delta.edu, Jay Minard at wallaceminard@delta.edu or jamesmiller@delta.edu  to request additional details.

Mechanical AUTOCAD and Parametric Solid Modeling Competitions
  1. Mechanical Autocad
  2. Parametric Solid Modeling

Software Programs include AutoCAD 2019,  SolidWorks and Inventor 2019.

Equipment

Mechanical AUTOCAD drawings will be drawn using Dell Pentium computers. *Participants should bring an USB memory device if they would like to save their work for portfolios.

Judging Criteria

  1. Neatness and accuracy
  2. Completeness of task performed
  3. Lettering and line quality
  4. Adherence to prescribed standards of drawing practice
  5. Creativity
  6. Coordinated team effort, where it applies
Questions?

If you would like more information on the these competitions contact: 

Steve Gormley
Mechanical AUTOCAD, Parametric Solid Modeling
stevengormley@delta.edu 
989-686-9044 

Machine Tools Competitions  

There are four Machine Tools Competition categories.

  1. Machine Tools Competition - Machine Tools (Lathe I)
  2. Machine Tools Competition - Machine Tools (Lathe II)
  3. Machine Tools Competition - Machine Tools (Mill I)
  4. Machine Tools Competition - Machine Tools (Mill II)
Machine Tools Competition

General Information

  1. Contestants in all four categories: Will be required to perform certain machine tool operations.
  2. Will be required to write an examination covering the five basic machine tools.
  3. Will furnish the following items:
    1. Safety glasses
    2. 6" Ruler
    3. Apron
    4. Pencil
    5. Safety shoes and appropriate clothing
  4.  SPECIFIC INFORMATION
    Machine Tools (Lathe I) - Open to all first-year high school students.
    Machine Tools (Lathe II) - Open to all second-year high school students.
    Machine Tools (Mill I) - Open to all first year high school students.
    Machine Tools (Mill II) – Open to all 2nd year high school students.
  5. Schools can register up to two students for each category with one alternate student. 
    1. Alternate students will compete depending on category registration.
Questions?

If you would like more information on the CNC or Machine Tools competitions contact: 

Terry Morse
Machine Tools
terrymorse@delta.edu
989-686-9153

Residential Construction Competition

The Residential Construction competition is for two-student teams. The preference is 11th and 12th grade students, two teams per sponsoring school. 

Competition topic: Wood frame construction

Students who compete in this level must currently be enrolled in a building trades program. The students will be given the materials with which they will be required to construct a structure or part of a structure. The judging will be based on a short 15-minute test on general knowledge, use of materials, craftsmanship, and accuracy. A time limit of two hours will be observed and completion will be on a two-student team basis.

Total score of both team members will be added together for judging.

Bring appropriate clothing – competition may be held outside, weather permitting. 

Suggested tool list
  1. Two sawhorses
  2. Hammer
  3. Framing square
  4. Wrecking bar
  5. Head and eye protection
  6. Cross-cut saw
  7. Pencils
  8. Tape measure
  9. Other miscellaneous tools as desired - No power tools can be used
Judging criteria
  1. Test 40%
  2. Completion 10%
  3. Craftsmanship 50%
  4. Square of cuts
  5. Measurements accuracy
  6. Use of rafter squares
  7. Nailing techniques
Questions?

If you would like more information on the Residential Construction competition contact: 

AJ Neumann
Assistant Professor
Construction and Architectural Technology
andrewneumann@delta.edu
989-686-9021

Welding Competitions
Arc Welding I

The Beginning Welding competition is for full-time high school students who are in their first year of welding instruction. Students will demonstrate their skill at making two fillet welds in the 2-F position: one with 3/32 inch E7018 electrodes and the other with 1/8 inch E6010 electrodes. Both welds will be on 1/4-inch thick hot rolled, low carbon steel plate. 

Arc Welding II

The Advanced Welding competition is for full-time high school students who have completed one or more years of welding instruction and are currently enrolled in a high school welding class. Students will demonstrate their skill at making one butt weld in the 3G position using 3/32 inch E7018 electrodes on 3/8 inch hot rolled low carbon steel.Plate will be prepared for 45° included angle grooved but joint with a 1/4-inch root opening and a backing bar. 

Judging criteria 

Weld quality will be ranked by visual examination. 

Equipment

Electrodes, weld coupon metal, and welding machines will be assigned to each participant. Other welding gear is to be furnished by the participants. For example, students are to provide their own hood, gloves, apron, sleeves, spats, etc. Students WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to weld with low shoes, rubber or plastic shoes, trousers with cuffs, or other personal gear which is UNSAFE. 

General information

The welding competition will be held on Delta’s campus. Sponsoring school teachers, counselors, and/or others who attend with their students are welcome to visit the Delta Welding Center during the competition but will be restricted from entering the welding booth area during the testing period. 

Questions?

If you would like more information on the Welding competitions contact: 

Jim Proctor
jamesproctor@delta.edu
989-686-9599 

2019 RESULTS

In 2019, over 200 high school students competed in 16 different technical categories. The event offered an opportunity to highlight technical, trades and manufacturing related programs to students as they competed and demonstrated their skills.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all of the student participants, instructors, and school sponsors for a fantastic event.

Arc Welding competitions

Arc Welding I
1st Place - Bay Arenac Career Center -  T. Lazarowicz
2nd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center -  N. Hale
3rd Place - Alma High School - A. Sheredy

Arc Welding II
1st Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - M. Perrou
2nd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - A. Rosecrants
3rd Place - Tuscola Tech Center - A. Burns

Automotive Service Technology competitions

Master Technician (Team)
1st Place - H.H. Dow High School - J. Strike 
1st Place - H.H. Dow High School - J. Reinig
2nd Place -Bay Arenac Career Center - J. Shields
2nd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - G. Yerks
3rd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - K. Bouza
3rd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - D. Hatton


Electrical Technician (Team)
1st Place - Wilson Talent Center - C. Culver
1st Place - Wilson Talent Center - K. Garver
2nd Place - Not awarded
2nd Place - Not awarded
3rd Place - Not awarded
3rd Place - Not awarded

Brakes Technician (Team)
1st Place - H.H. Dow High School - S. Fick
1st Place - H.H. Dow High School - A. Lunsford
2nd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - B. Roberts
2nd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - N. Powloski
3rd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - T. Geneseo
3rd Place - Not awarded

Basic Service Technician (Team)
1st Place - Sanilac Career Center - D. Kerbyson
1st Place - Sanilac Career Center - T. West
2nd Place - H.H. Dow High School - K. Morse
2nd Place - H.H. Dow High School - D. Wendt
3rd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - S. Engel
3rd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - Z. Spencer

Architectural competitions

Architectural Drafting
Category cancelled for 2019 event.

Architectural AUTOCAD
Category cancelled for 2019 event. 

CNC and Machine Tool competitions

CAD/CAM (Team)
1st Place - Ogemaw Heights High School - I. Gavitt
1st Place - Ogemaw Heights High School - T. Weiers
2nd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center -  E. Shart
2nd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - M. Rudnick
3rd Place - Not awarded
3rd Place - Not awarded

Machine Tools (Lathe I)
1st Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - D. Gadowk
2nd Place - Greenville High School - J. Milewski
3rd Place - Ogemaw Heights High School - L. Marshall

Machine Tools (Lathe II)
1st Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - Z. Gage
2nd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - J. Mironi
3rd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - M. Luberda

Machine Tools (Mill I)
1st Place - Gratiot Isabella Tech Center, Mt. Pleasant - N. Graham
2nd Place - Heritage High School - T. Glasgow
3rd Place - Greenville High School - J. Mankel 

Machine Tools (Mill II)
1st Place - Ogemaw Heights High School - A. Phillips
2nd Place - Ogemaw Heights High School - J. Boatright
3rd Place - Gratiot Isabella Tech Center, Mt. Pleasant - K. Bigford

CNC Mill
1st Place - Gratiot Isabella Tech Center, Mt. Pleasant -  P. Fillion
2nd Place - Greenville High School - A. Shoemaker
3rd Place - Ogemaw Heights High School - J. Monger

Mechanical competitions

Mechanical AUTOCAD
1st Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - J. Norman
2nd Place - Garber High School - N. Basket
3rd Place - Garber High School - M. Christensen

Mechanical Drafting
1st Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - L. Lavrack
2nd Place - Garber High School - O. Deaton
3rd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - C. Ulman

Parametric Solid Modeling
1st Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - N. Goodnight
2nd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - M. Rodriquez
3rd Place - Bay Arenac Career Centerl - J. Pickell

Residential Construction competition

Residential Construction (Team)
1st Place - Sanilac Career Center - L. Smith
1st Place - Sanilac Career Center - V. Groppi
2nd Place - Bay Arenac Career Tech Center - A. Reinbold
2nd Place - Bay Arenac Career  Center - L. Owczarzak
3rd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - J. Deal
3rd Place - Bay Arenac Career Center - C. Kueffner