Bucks County Herald

Upper Bucks student wins SkillsUSA silver medal



The Upper Bucks County Technical School Joint Operating Committee recently honored senior Dylan Miller for winning a silver medal at the SkillsUSA national competition.

For the first time in three years, an Upper Bucks County Technical School student has a earned a medal at the highly competitive SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

Putting his skills up against technical school students from around the country who won gold medals at their state competitions, Pennridge High School senior Dylan Miller took second place (silver medal) in the Motorcycle Technology in Louisville, Ky.

The second-place finish came a few weeks after Miller finished his four-year career in UBCTS’s Small Engine Repair program. He earned the trip to nationals by winning a gold medal in the state competition.

At nationals, Miller competed against more than 100 gold-medal winners from around the United States in the Motorcycle Service Technology category. Over three days, he participated in mock interviews, written tests and 10 timed, hands-on challenges under the watchful eyes of industry professionals.

The challenges were representative of what a technician routinely encounters in a Harley-Davidson dealership service department, including scheduled maintenance tasks; use of service, electrical diagnostic and parts manuals; electrical diagnostics; precision measurement; brake service; chassis/suspension service; fuel delivery system inspection and repair; transmission and drive systems; and powertrain systems. Judges looked for clean and organized work habits, correct use of reference materials, the ability to follow directions and good technical skills.

“Dylan worked very hard to prepare himself for the competition,” said teacher Bill Young. “His attention to detail and ability to use service manuals paid off at the national competition and helped to earn him a medal.”

As a silver-medal winner, Miller earned a brand new 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycle valued at $22,000 for use as a teaching tool in several of the school’s programs.

“This is an amazing donation that will be used to help educate future students on the motorcycle repair industry. Thanks to Dylan and Harley-Davidson, we have the most up-to-date tool for kids to learn from. We are all so proud of what Dylan has accomplished while here at UBCTS and excited that he has been rewarded for all of his hard work,” said Tracey Hill, skills administrative advisor at UBCTS.

In addition to the motorcycle for UBCTS, Miller also won several prizes for his personal use, including tools and toolbox valued at more than $2,000, Harley-Davidson bike manuals and gift cards from Cabellas and Lowes.

But perhaps the most valuable prize he won was a $17,500 scholarship to Ohio Technical College in Cleveland. Combined with the $10,000 scholarship he won from OTC in the state competition, Miller will have his tuition covered to start its Welding Technology Master Training program in the fall.

In the meantime, Miller will continue to work as a shop assistant – no surprise here – at Hannum’s Harley-Davidson in West Rockhill Township.




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