Auto team shines at Weber State
The Blackfoot High School auto service team of Josh Spiegel and James Montgomery took fourth out of 22 teams at the Weber State auto service competition last Thursday.
Spiegel and Montgomery each won $100 worth of Matco tools, $1,500 scholarships to attend Weber State and a brand new Toyota engine for the school.
The Weber competition is a team event, said Spiegel. Students must be high school seniors to participate.
Teams came from high schools in Idaho, Oregon and Utah. A Vail, Ore., team won the competition.
The Blackfoot High team placed fourth overall and first in steering/suspension. The BHS team also placed first among the Idaho teams.
To qualify for this competition, students took a written test last December. The two students with the highest score formed the team.
Ives Fangsrud attended the competition as an alternate.
The competition was three hours of intense hands-on vehicle testing, said BHS shop teacher Dallin Worthington.
Students had 13 minutes at each of 12 stations.
“We had to show we knew what we were doing,” Spiegel said.
The stations explored each team’s knowledge of brakes, steering/suspension, diagnostics, service management, electrical tail lights, electrical circuit boards, computer diagnostics and hazardous waste management and more.
“They were well prepared,” Worthington said.
Future plans for Spiegel include being a service manager for a large Toyota dealership.
Montgomery would like to be a Nissan specialist mechanic or the lead mechanic on a drift team.
The next competition for BHS auto shop students is Feb. 29 at Idaho State University.