Six member team will represent San Diego in national competition in 2019
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(Poway, California) – San Diego County’s top construction apprentices in electrical, plumbing, and sheet metal put their skills to the test at the 18th annual Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) San Diego Craft Championship Competition. Winners went head to head with their peers for the right to represent San Diego at the upcoming ABC National Craft Championships next March in Long Beach, California. Competition took place in a day-long event at the ABC Training Academy in Poway on Saturday, December 1.
See a video recap of the competition below.
Alexis Uribe won in the Sheet Metal category for 2019. Uribe works for WR Robbins and is a resident of Spring Valley. Uribe is the only first place winner in his third year of training (equivalent to a junior in college). Steven Acosta of Vista placed second. He works for California Comfort Systems.
“I was pretty satisfied, getting the weight off my shoulders. I was nervous as I was finishing,” said Uribe after the competition. He says he plans to practice and “make a whole bunch of fittings” before national level competition in March.
In the Plumbing competition, Miko Martinez of Bonita won first place. He works for Collins Plumbing. Kevin Lavia of Perris placed second. He works for Sherwood Mechanical.
Martinez said “I had high hopes, but it was nice to hear my name. I felt real good while it was going on.” He says he will prepare for Long Beach by “going hard at work and paying attention to everything.”
The winner of the 2018 Electrical competition is Tyler Tarr, a San Carlos resident. He works for Laser Electric. In second place was Hilario Hernandez of National City, who works for Rowan Electric. Third went to Alexander Willeford of Ramona, also working for Rowan Electric.
“I was surprised to hear my name,” admitted Tarr. He said his strategy for winning at national level competition is “just slowing down a little bit, focusing on the wiring. I’ll be just as nervous at Nationals.”
The seven winners from the three craft categories comprise ABC San Diego’s national competition team, its largest ever.
The Craft Championship competition provides a platform showcasing the high quality ABC San Diego Training Academy program. It puts an emphasis on the important role craft skills training plays in construction by evaluating contestants’ technical knowledge of their craft as well as their skill and talent.
ABC San Diego President and CEO Shandon Harbour said, “Every year, our apprentices step up and challenge themselves. They are often surprised at what they can accomplish. Their training stands up well when put under pressure in our competition. It is the same kind of performance they deliver on the job every day.
“Win or lose at the upcoming national competition in March, these apprentices are fine representatives of their peers and our entire Merit Shop community in San Diego. They represent the skilled construction workforce of the present and the future.”
Signing on to participate in the competition is a significant commitment for the apprentices and trainees involved. Contestants must first successfully complete hundreds of hours of classroom training and thousands of hours of practical field experience to be eligible to compete. If competitors score high enough on a written exam during the first stage of competition, they move to the skills portion of the competition to determine the San Diego area champions. Project scores and written test scores are combined to determine the winner.
The competitors must race against the clock to complete a project as close to the specifications provided as possible. They may only use materials they are provided. Judges who are experts in each craft field including previous national craft champions score each project.
ABC San Diego thanks this year’s competition sponsors:
Gold Sponsors: HPS Mechanical and Laser Electric
Silver Sponsors: Paradigm Mechanical and PeopleReady
Bronze Sponsors: Prime Electrical Services, Helix Electric, and Atkinson, Atkinson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Lunch Sponsor: Bergelectric
Participating vendors included Bergelectric, Dewalt Tools (with Stanley/Black and Decker), Ideal Industries, Klein Tools, and Lowes Pro Services.
About ABC San Diego
Associated Builders and Contractors is a national trade association representing nearly 22,000 merit shop contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and construction-related professionals in 70 chapters across the United States. The association’s membership includes all specialties within the industry, and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors of construction. ABC is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America’s business community and the construction industry. Visit ABC San Diego at www.abcsd.org