Posted Date: 01/31/2024
Planview, Texas, was the place to be for John Turnpaugh, Mid-America Technology Center Diesel instructor, and three of his first-year students, Cutter Dobbles from Blanchard, Peyton Standridge, and Wyatt Woods, both from Lexington. These students participated in the Western Equipment Ag Tech Invitational, showcasing their skills against approximately 180 other students.
During the contest, each student not only had to complete a written exam but also had to perform tasks at four different stations: critical thinking, electrical, parts ID, and tool ID. The MATC students faced tough competition, but Cutter Dobbles was able to place at every contest station, and he also emerged as a contest standout by securing second place overall.
Cutter’s success was rewarded generously, with a prize package that included a $15,000 scholarship, a top-of-the-line toolbox, and a set of high-quality tools. These winnings not only recognize his achievements but also serve as an investment in his future career.
Due to Cutter’s outstanding performance, he was offered an internship at Western Tech Equipment in Weatherford this summer. Upon completion of his internship, Cutter will continue in his Diesel Technology program at MATC in the fall, where he is slated to complete the class in May 2025.
The Western Equipment Ag Tech Invitational, held annually, is a place for students to show off their skill level in today’s high-tech, fast-paced field of agriculture mechanization. During this contest, students had the opportunity to use their mechanical knowledge, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills and interact with industry professionals.
Cutter proudly displays his $15,000 scholarship check, toolbox, and some of the tools he received from his winning ways at the Western Equipment Ag Tech Invitational.