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DCSD technician takes top honors at state competition

Picture of Zachary Davis and Jeffrey Pihl standing in front of a school bus

(From Left: Zachary Davis and Jeffrey Pihl)

CASTLE ROCK- Douglas County is home to the top bus technician in the state of Colorado.

Transportation West Terminal technician, Zachary Davis, won first place in the Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association Summit (CSPTA) technician competition earlier this summer. He now heads to the national competition in Kansas City, Missouri in November.

As part of the CSPTA Summit, transportation technicians from all around the state came to compete and test their technical knowledge and diagnostic skills.

“The first day we had a few classes, kind of like a review, and then we took a written test with questions the CSPTA had created, and some from the Automotive Standard of Excellence,” Davis said. “The second day we had six different stations-- some of them for mechanical aptitude, some of them for inspection ability. You were scored on what you found, what you didn’t find, what you diagnosed mechanically and what you didn’t.  There was a time limit on everything.”

Since he started working with DCSD’s Transportation department in Fall 2014, Davis has competed in the competition twice. After placing midrange at last year’s competition, he soared ahead of 24 other technicians this year, allowing him to head to the national competition in a few short months with contestants from all over the country.

“That will be awesome. I’m excited to see how I do there,” said Davis.

In addition to Davis winning the technician competition, Douglas County had another technician, Troy Doyle, who won first place in the written portion of the competition at the Summit.

“I am very proud of all of our technicians. We have a great team that has the expertise to keep our buses running and our students safe.” said Donna Grattino, Director of Transportation.

Hank Trumble, Transportation Fleet Manager, and Jeffrey Pihl, Transportation Technician Supervisor and CSPTA board member, feel that these wins for Douglas County show that DCSD technicians are some of the best in the state.

“I kept saying how we have the best mechanics,” said Trumble. “We’re proving that we have the quality to be competitive amongst the other districts.”

“For the past couple of years there’s been a guy from Adams County who has won and this year Zach brought it home to Douglas County,” says Pihl. “This competition is a good way to keep these guys engaged in their career and we get bragging rights.”


Written by Mike Santoyo

August 2, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category: Operations, Transportation

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