Joplin, MO (SNS) – High-school students from across Southwest Missouri will gather to compete in the 2015 District Skills USA competition on Friday, Feb. 6, at Missouri Southern State University.

Hosted by the Engineering Technology Department, the competition will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Ummel Technology Building.

Students will demonstrate their competencies in areas including operation of manual milling machines, lathes, drill presses and surface grinders. Related knowledge and skill in areas including machine shop safety, engineering drawing interpretation, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, technical math, machining practices and use of precision measuring/hand tools are also part of the competition.

Competitors will include students from Carthage Technical Center, the South Regional Technology Center in Monett, Lamar Technical Center and Joplin’s Franklin Technology Center. Winners will qualify to compete in a regional and national competition later this year.

Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce and helps each student excel in areas of leadership and technical education. Skills USA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high-school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.