Aero Skills Tournament Finals – Wichita, Kansas

Submitted by Chase Snoek Mon, 11/26/2018 - 09:13

Almost winter here but...the cold soon turned hot with the heat of the Rivet guns and Pistol drills firing away all afternoon! We had a great turn out for the first Tournament event in Wichita, with three trade schools participating; Kansas State, Tulsa Tech and Gordon Cooper Tech for the distinctive “Top Gun” award in the aircraft Structures Trade for the region. And now, who’s going to be going to the Nationals?

Wichita’s Tournament, one of the eight Regional tournaments, took place at the Kansas Exploration Place, a great location, and everyone there is keen to bring the Aero Skills Tournament back to this fabulous location next year. These exciting and entertaining events are taking place across the country and the theme for the 2018 Aero Skills Tournaments is Gunslingers and Top Guns. Students and Journeypeople are taking part in these tournaments honing their skills, all the while trying to win the enticing cash prizes.

The winners walked away splitting $6,000 dollars, cash in their pockets and the 1st place winner is now looking to an all-expenses paid trip to Tucson, AZ, for the National Final event, on Saturday December 15, at Old Tucson, Hollywood’s Gunslinger town. This is where the best of the best will be competing for $23,000 USD purse and the Can-Am National Championship.

We would like to thank Kansas Exploration Place and all the competitors, for a great day of competition!

The winners of the competition ran as follows:

Junior Level Structures:

1st Brandon Koon

2nd Brett Steverson

3rd Steven Reeves

Senior Level Structures:

1st Joseph Bartek

2nd Jon Grimmet

Structures Exhibition Team Rounds (randomly chosen Teams of Structures*):

1st Brandon Koon and Joey Bartek

2nd Jason Glasgow and Jon Grimmet

Aviation NETWorX & Aero Skills - connecting people, schools and industry.

Aero Skills Tournaments are great competitions; fun for your employees and branding opportunity for both your corporate image and careers in your company. Aero Skills was designed to plant the aviation seed in the younger generation and community at large, raising awareness and creating excitement for the Aero Trades, as a rewarding career!

The competition, based on industry practices, set in an audience environment so that the K-12 students and community at large can have a chance to see techs demonstrating their skills, hear about the numerous career options the aerospace industry has to offer and to tour an aviation facility or school to see first-hand what a career in aviation is all about.

In addition to the Aero Skills Tournament, ATG has developed the Aviation NETWorX platform which features a new autonomous, heuristic work force development program which includes CertTEC, a performance based testing platform. Both the industry sponsors for the Aero Skills Tour and ATG (Aircraft Technologies Group) specialize in providing work force support to the heavy maintenance industries and manufacturing through highly skilled technicians and teams, streamlining service, standardizing and targeting for fixed price programs.

For more about ATG and NETWorX workforce development programs please visit: and to learn more about the Aero Skills Tournament please visit:


Jay Logie

Cheryl Levesque

ATG and AST Office; 250-766-0734 / 888-832-6284