SkillsUSA to Showcase Tomorrow’s Techs at GIE+EXPO

GIE+EXPO is partnering with SkillsUSA and the Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC) to bring talented power technicians to Louisville during GIE+EXPO 2018, which is set for Oct. 17-19.

Gold, silver and bronze medalists in both high school and post-secondary schools from the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, held in June, have been invited to showcase their talents during the annual trade show. GIE+EXPO attendees are invited to watch on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Ariens/Gravely is the anchor sponsor of Tomorrow’s Techs: Investing in the Future of the OPE Industry. MTD and Echo are sponsoring one or two of the contestants.

The six contestants will rotate through six stations, performing skills in categories such as Ignition, Charging, Fuel and Governor Systems, Starter, Cooling and Lubrication Systems, Valves, Exhaust and Engine Block Systems, Diagnostic and Failure Analysis and General Competencies. They will showcase their understanding in related theories that go along with the types of engines they will come across in the industry, as well as their understanding of wiring schematics. As contestants rotate through the various stations they will be judged and scored on both physical and oral skills.

“Ariens Company places a strong emphasis on the education of America’s youth,” said Ariens Company Vice President of Marketing Matt Medden. “The amount of work and dedication that these students have put into developing their talents is impressive, and we are happy to support them as they put those talents on display at this year’s GIE+EXPO.”

“Schools throughout the country teach our Power Equipment Technology curriculum with industry support provided by major manufacturers, who provide the needed training materials. Students who complete the program can become certified technicians,” said David Worden, program director for the SkillsUSA Championships. “We’re excited to showcase our national medalists for the industry to see at GIE+EXPO.”

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GIE+EXPO's 2018 dates are Oct. 17-19. The annual event is sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc. (OPEI), Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

For information: www.gie-expo.com. Other contact points: Facebook, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Twitter @GIE_EXPO and 800-558-8767/812-949-9200.

GIE+EXPO is Sponsored By:

  • National Association of Landscape Professionals
  • Outdoor Power Equipment Institute
  • Professional Grounds Management Society
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Future Show Dates

GIE+EXPO 2020 – October 21-23, 2020
GIE+EXPO 2021 – October 20-22, 2021
GIE+EXPO 2022 – October 19-21, 2022


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