South Plains College Diesel Service Technology program wins contest

LEVELLAND – Diesel Technology students from South Plains College were recently invited to a competition sponsored by Warren Cat. The contest, Future Tech Showcase, was held at Warren Cat’s Brownfield facility.

Diesel Tech Award

Diesel students from Midland College and Odessa College also competed for a chance at winning bragging rights and tools.

SPC sophomores Kaleb Castilleja of Lubbock, Joel Valdez of Hobbs, N.M., William Carlson of Shallowater and Sebastian Ramos of Plainview competed in the hands-on competition covering hydraulics, electrical, diesel engines, failure analysis, and interview skills.

Of the 12 competitors, Ramos placed first, and he took home the award for Best Tech from SPC. Carlson placed third overall.


Snap-on and Caterpillar tools were presented as awards to the top four techs overall and the best scoring from each college. To prepare for the contest, the SPC diesel students spent their lunch breaks four days a week practicing and reviewing the topics.