MPTC sponsors contest to find longest running engine
May 14, 2012
From fdlreporter.com: “MPTC sponsors contest to find longest running engine” — It was an afternoon filled with torque, horsepower and exhaust emissions as eight regional high schools participated in the eighth annual Moraine Park Technical College Endurance Challenge May 10 at the Fond du Lac campus.
Plymouth, Sheboygan North, Sheboygan South, Oshkosh North, Oshkosh West, West Bend East, West Bend West and Hustisford participated in the challenge with the goal of getting the best fuel efficiency and having the longest running engine.
Oshkosh West won the competition with their engine running for 40 minutes and 55 seconds.
Students Eric Koehler, Jim Levine, Joe Adrian, Andrew Pelot and Jacob Powers powered the winning team along with instructor Mark Boushele.
“This event was a very unique opportunity for the students,” Boushele said. “They were able to apply concepts learned in class to a live engine, applying engineering and critical thinking skills to modify the engine.”
The Sheboygan North team of Derek Patel, Josh Arnhoelter and Bill Meyer placed second.
Their engine ran for 40 minutes, 10 seconds. Sheboygan South was third with a time of 32 minutes, 45 seconds.
Local industries helped to support the event again this year with Mercury Marine, Kohler Co. and Briggs & Stratton all getting involved with the challenge.
Mercury Marine brought displays of supercharged outboards and engines for the students to view for inspiration.
Engines for the students to modify for the Endurance Challenge were donated by Kohler, and employees of Kohler, Briggs & Stratton and Mercury Marine assisted with the event.
Scott Mack, a 1987 Moraine Park graduate, is an engine trainer at Kohler and has been involved with the Endurance Challenge since it first started eight years ago.
“It’s exciting every year to see how creative the students can get,” he said. “Their ideas don’t always work, but they are able to troubleshoot and look for new options to build endurance. It’s also a great opportunity for the students to see what Moraine Park has to offer for training and career options in the engine research and development field.”
Each member of the winning team received a $250 Moraine Park scholarship.