The shootout was a three-round competition featuring eight three-person teams from colleges in the U.S. The shootout is hosted by Northern Oklahoma College (NOC) in Tonkawa, through an NSF/ATE grant to improve troubleshooting skills in energy-oriented industries.

The teams consisted of three students (one team captain and two team members) enrolled in the process technology program at their school, along with one coach/instructor.

Each team used simulation software from Simtronics to complete a troubleshooting scenario during each round. The scenarios got progressively harder. The cumulative point total for each team, as determined by the software’s automatic scoring system, was totaled at the end of the competition and a winner was announced.

First national simulation troubleshooting shootout

April 20-21 Tonkawa Oklahoma

A team from Kenai Peninsula College – Anchorage Extension Site in Alaska won first place, while the teams from University of Alaska-Fairbanks and South Central Louisiana Technical College in Louisiana placed second and third, respectively. “This was a great competition, and every student on the teams was high caliber,” said Martha McKinley, Project Director for the grant. “All of the industry representatives watching said these were the types of students they want to hire.” According to McKinley, many of the student competitors are graduating this month and will soon find jobs in industry.