KALAMAZOO, MI — Andrew Kincaid really knows his way around an airplane.
The Western Michigan University aviation student won a gold medal at the national 2013 SkillsUSA Championship in Kansas City, Mo.
Kincaid, of Battle Creek, was one of just two participants from around the United States to win top honors in aviation maintenance technology skills. It was the first time a WMU student has ever entered the competition, WMU said.
At the week-long competition, more than 5,900 career and technical education students competed in 98 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Kincaid’s three faculty advisers were Jeremy Hierholzer, faculty specialist I; Gail Rouscher, faculty specialist I; and Terry Michmerhuizen, assistant professor, WMU said.
Aviation maintenance is the only maintenance profession certified by the federal government. During the competition, contestants performed 12 tasks consistent with the airframe and power plant mechanics certification guide published by the Federal Aviation Administration.