Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Kieron Kohlmann wins national automotive competition; Park grad heading to international competition

Over the past year, recent Park High School graduate Kieron Kohlmann has competed and won more state and national automotive competitions than any other student in District history. 

He swept the three Wisconsin competitions this year including the SkillsUSA Automotive Technology competition, the Auto Dealers Association of Metro Milwaukee Technicians of Tomorrow contest and the Wisconsin AAA/Ford Student Auto Skills Competition. And now, Kohlman has done it again. Last week, in Kansas City, Kohlman won first place in Automotive Technology at the 46th Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

Representing the state of Wisconsin against 49 other top competitors, Kohlmann won the national Automotive Service Technology Competition which lasted almost eight hours and included 12 work stations and a 100-question Automotive Service Excellence test. The work stations cover repairs on vehicles and components in air conditioning, body electrical diagnosis, engine performance, safety, job interview, electrical circuits, brakes, automatic transmission, manual transmission, engine mechanical and electronic service information.

Kohlman finished first with the nearest competitor almost 20 points away. He won nearly $30,000 in scholarships and thousands of dollars in tools plus a new Dell Computer. In total, Kohlmann has won more than $170,000 in and more than $10,000 in tools. Additionally, Kohlmann and RUSD instructor Dave Dixon will now have the opportunity to spend seven days with the Doug Herbert Top Fuel Team as they prepare and service their Dragster at the NHRA Charlotte Race this September.

For the past few weeks, Kohlmann has been living his dream. Prior to the national SkillsUSA competition, he began the summer participating in the Hotrod Magazine Power Tour – one of the top automotive tours in the world – traveling through seven cities across the country.

Kohlmann worked with Dixon and retired teacher Gottfied Georgie to prepare for the competition. Local auto dealers also had him in training with their shop. 

A RacinePost reader also wrote in to point out Kohlmann benefitted from a referendum passed about six years ago to build a state-of-the-art auto facility at Park High School.

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