Institute names sheet metal contest finalists
For only the second time in the contest’s history, journeymen will be allowed to compete with apprentices for a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
The finalists are: are Dan Beyersdorf, Saginaw, Mich.; James Brierley, Spanish Fork, Utah; David Dias, San Ramon, Calif.; Sean Edwards, Rock City, Ill.; Jaymes Fleming, Woodinville, Wash.; Clyde Fujimoto, Honolulu; Douglas Haase, Washougal, Wash.; Anthony Belluardo, Aurora, Ohio.; Joey Hovarter, Moore, Okla.; Ryan Israel, Olathe, Mo.; Amelia Kelsay, Portland, Ore.; and Josh Menz, Rochester, N.Y.
Edwards is the only apprentice to make the top 12, a fact that he said was an honor.
“I definitely feel like I’m in the spotlight even more knowing that I’m the only apprentice,” he said. “I look forward to seeing what the rest of the competitors bring to the table as well as the experience I will gain from the event.”
Kelsay is the only female who tried out in the detailing category. She said she is looking forward to the contest. She is a part-time instructor at the Sheet Metal Workers union’s training center in Portland and looking for a full-time job.
“The benchmark certification has provided me the education and knowledge to take the next step in my career goal of becoming a union detailer,” she said. “I am going into this competition without any expectations. Any success or jobs that may come from this would be icing on the cake.”
The competition will be held in conjunction with Partners in Progress, a biennial conference sponsored by the union and the Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors’ National Association.