The members of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) Educational Foundation’s Plumbing Apprentice and Journeyman Training (AJT) Committee are known for their problem-solving abilities. Their most recent feat? Successfully conducting the first in-person national SkillsUSA plumbing competition since 2019 at a new facility in a new host city. AJT Committee members serve on the SkillsUSA Plumbing Technical Committee and are responsible for setting up and running the contest and for assisting with judging.
The competition took place during the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, held June 22–23 in Atlanta. This was the first year for the event in Atlanta, having outgrown its previous home in Louisville. The SkillsUSA Championships is the nation’s largest hands-on workforce development event for middle school, high school, and college/post-secondary students enrolled in career and technical education programs. More than 5,200 students competed in 108 contests. The PHCC Educational Foundation partners with SkillsUSA to sponsor the plumbing contest each year. The Foundation also supports the HVACR Contest.
Six plumbing students received top honors in the plumbing competition. Plumbing Contest winners were:
- First Place Secondary – Tyler James, Four County Career Center, Archbold, Ohio
- First Place Post-Secondary – Christopher Hayes, Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg, Florida
- Second Place Secondary – Nicholas Jordan Jacob, Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School, Northhampton, Massachusetts
- Second Place Post-Secondary – Brady Kroll, North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, North Dakota
- Third Place Secondary – Tyler Cyr, Smithville High School, Smithville, Texas
- Third Place Post-Secondary – Chris Martinez, Texas State Tech College, Waco, Texas
“The PHCC Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the industry by helping students in the plumbing, heating, and cooling fields reach their full potential. The SkillsUSA Championships are an outstanding example of the professionalism that results when industry is joined with education,” said PHCC Educational Foundation COO, Cindy Sheridan.
Technical committee members for this year’s event included:
- Robert Hahn, Chair, Eastwick College, HoHoKus School of Trades in Union, New Jersey (plumbing)
- Dale Powell, Project Manager, PHCC Educational Foundation, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (plumbing)
- Bob Carpenter, Viega, Broomfield, Colorado (plumbing)
- Danny Crigler III, L & D Coates Inc., Aroda, Virginia (plumbing)
- Laurie Crigler, Aroda, Virginia (plumbing)
- Roman Grier, Viega, Broomfield, Colorado (plumbing)
- Victor Hatcher, Tyler Pipe and Coupling, Tyler, Texas (plumbing)
- Warren Lupson, Lupson Assoc., Silver Spring, Maryland (HVACR)
- Harold Moret, Copper Development Association, McLean, Virginia (plumbing)
- Larry Shoemaker, Deluxe Plumbing & Heating, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (plumbing)
- Jeff Voss, Jeff’s Plumbing and Repair, Boone, North Carolina (plumbing)
- Jamie Simpson, Schaal Heating & Cooling, Des Moines, Iowa (HVACR)
- James Walls, Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute, Garland, Texas (plumbing)
The plumbing competition was made possible by the following generous industry sponsors: AB&I Foundry; Bradford White; Copper Development Association; Tyler Pipe and Coupling; Rheem; and Zoeller Pump Company.
Additional prizes, materials, and onsite support were provided by AB&I Foundry; BrassCraft Manufacturing Co.; Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute; Charlotte Pipe & Foundry; Copper Development Association; Milwaukee Tool Co.; Miller Mechanical LLC; Oatey; PHCC Educational Foundation; Sioux Chief Manufacturing; Toto; Tyler Pipe & Coupling; and UA Local 72 in Atlanta.
Source: PHCC–National Association