LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Students at LeTourneau University placed first place at the Dallas-Fort Worth Professional Aviation Maintenance Association competition.
Individual LeTourneau University students also placed first and third at the aviation competition.
A press release from LeTourneau University states, "Jake Ribbe, senior aviation maintenance student from Eagle River, Wisconsin, won 1st place overall and Bob Kuipers, senior aviation maintenance from Holland, Michigan, won 3rd place overall."
Other LETU students that competed include Rebekah Martel, senior mission aviation student, Nate Goulet, senior aviation maintenance student, and Poom Padmanuja, senior aviation maintenance and aviation management student. The team's coaches are David Tesser and Abigail Kutz.
The team as judged on included, "safety wiring, torque procedures, riveting, and precision measurement. They rotated to a dozen different stations with only 20 minutes per station and were graded by judges who were from the aviation industry or aviation education. Individual scores were based on the final product, but also on safety and tool management, which meant organizing their tools and discarding debris," stated in a press release.
The team competed against other aviation maintenance technology schools in Texas and Oklahoma.