Solanco High School's small engine repair team finished third in the annual regional competition. The contest was held in the school's ag shop on Tuesday afternoon, March 26.
Member Owen King finished fourth and member Wade Davis finished fifth in the contest. That gave Solanco a score of 355, just behind Pequea Valley's 367. Octoraro High School's team took first with 422 points; Lancaster Mennonite High School came in fourth with 300 points, and Lampeter-Strasburg was fifth with 223 points.
The competition included a written test, identification of various engine parts and tools, and use of the service manual to find information relevant to the repair of the engine.
Each team also had to repair an engine that has been “bugged” or faulted in some way. Students have to listen to the “customer’s” report of what happened, then troubleshoot the engine to repair the problem.
Students must further demonstrate their ability to look up the correct replacement parts and prices as well as calculate the final bill including parts and labor.
Students are also scored on their presentation of the repaired engine to the “customer”.