JVS Trains Nationally Ranked Diesel Technician
August 21, 2014 -- Joe Sosinski, of Amherst, took a 2nd Place-Silver medal at the SkillsUSA National Championships Competition in Diesel Equipment Technology. Sosinski is a 2014 graduate of the Lorain County JVS Commercial Truck Technology Program.
The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Kansas City, Missouri in June, brought together more than 6,000 career-technical students to compete in 99 different trade, technical and leadership fields.
Sosinki, who graduated from Firelands High School, cycled through fourteen stations testing and troubleshooting engines, electrical and electronics systems, and power train systems, including chassis, transmissions and carriers. He was also required to demonstrate skills in hydraulic systems, vehicle inspections, fundamental failure analysis, brake systems, air-conditioning systems and general shop skills. Additionally his performance on a job interview and written test rounded out his overall score.
Sosinki received $7,000 in scholarship for his 2nd place ranking and over $20,000 in total scholarship awards while at the JVS.
He will further his education at the University of Northwestern Ohio, in Lima to become an Agricultural Diesel Technician. He is currently employed at Elite Concrete Industries in LaGrange as a diesel technician.
"Joe is certainly a hard-working, conscientious, and well-rounded young man," stated JVS Commercial Truck Technology Instructor John Tamas. "His work ethic will give him many opportunities to be selective and choose the type of job he wants in this very high demand career field."