SUGAR GROVE – Matthew Meyer of Plano finished first in the Collision Repair Technology category of the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo., last month.
“It’s probably the best feeling I’ve ever had,” Meyer said in a news release. “If I placed at all, I figured I’d be second or third, so when they called me for first, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I beat everyone in the country.’”
Meyer advanced to SkillsUSA to compete against 29 automotive students from two- and four-year colleges across the U.S., after finishing first in the state competition in April.
According to the release, Meyer’sá category included four hands-on exercises in metal straightening, welding, plastic repair and structural analysis, along with written tests on estimating, structural analysis and a National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence exam.
With his first-place finish, Meyer won a trip to the SEMA automotive trade show in Las Vegas, Snap-on tools and several industry training and certification courses.
Meyer earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in auto body repair business operations from Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove this past spring and will transfer to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale this fall.
SkillsUSA is a national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education.