MTA/NJ Announces Winners of SkillsUSA Marine Service Technology Contest

The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ) Foundation has named the winners of the 2019 SkillsUSA Marine Service Technology Contest. Since 2006, the MTA/NJ Education Foundation has awarded nearly $25,000 to students through scholarships and student awards.

Three vocational school students received medals competing in individual skill stations and a written test. The hands-on test stations included many aspects of two-stroke and four-stoke outboard engines, stern drive and inboard troubleshooting and repair. Students were tested on valve adjustment, boat systems wiring, ignition system troubleshooting, volt and ohmmeter use, water pump service, precision measuring and trailer service. The written test included the above listed topics as well as diagnostics, service and repair of marine accessory items. Contestants were judged on safe work practices, cleanliness, organizational skills, accuracy, speed and completion of assigned tasks, worksheets and paperwork.

 The award winners are:

Gold Medal Winner: Matt Cardinal of Ocean County Vocational Technical School Silver Medal Winner: Allen Cordano of Gloucester County Institute of Technology Bronze Medal Winner: Tyler Goldsmith of Ocean County Vocational Technical School

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Each medalist was awarded a “tool of the trade” provided by the MTA/NJ Foundation. In addition to scholarships and student awards, the MTA/NJ Foundation is working to address workforce issues through marine training reimbursements, industry certification courses, and education and training in the classroom and on the job for members and their employees. The MTA/NJ Foundation has provided more than $10,000 for training since 2014.