SkillsUSA competitors use their troubleshooting skills on York products.

An unidentified student participates in the hands-on portion of the SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo. York International Corp. supplied equipment for the competition.

NORMAN, Okla. - Students competing in SkillsUSA's 41st annual National Leadership and Skills Conference were able to demonstrate their abilities on units donated by York International Corp.

The company's Unitary Products Group provided six new packaged air-conditioning units for the June 21-25 competition in Kansas City, Mo. The 52 contestants that entered the HVACR competition used the York units to demonstrate the proper use of tools, identify refrigerant types, search for a refrigerant leak, recover refrigerant, demonstrate evacuation techniques and recharge the system.

York's 2005 in-kind donation to SkillsUSA exceeded $10,000 and qualified the company for "Two Star Status" in the SkillsUSA partner program. In addition to the six packaged air-conditioning units, York donated prizes for competitors and provided model shop labor to modify the units.

York personnel also participated as judges for the HVAC and drafting competitions. Jack Bartell, manager of York technical training, presented a two-hour seminar titled "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff," which focused on the benefits of reheat units and energy-recovery ventilators for controlling humidity.