John Deere Tech students excel at National PAS Competition

North Dakota State College of Science John Deere Tech students recently placed, with one team taking first, at the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) conference for Agricultural Machinery Service Technicians in Boise, Idaho.

Three NDSCS teams comprised of two students each participated, winning first, sixth and eighth places, respectively with Andrew Maershbecker earning the competition’s highest individual rank.

  • 1st Place: Robert Friesz and Andrew Maershbecker. Friesz is from Elgin, N.D., and is sponsored by Dakota Farm Equipment of Elgin, N.D. Maershbecker is from Hebron, N.D., and is sponsored by Dakota Farm Equipment of Dickinson, N.D.
  • 6th Place: Bryce Jossund and Lane Alm. Jossund is from Moorhead, Minn., and is sponsored by RDO Equipment of Moorhead, Minn. Alm is from Hawley, Minn., and is sponsored by RDO Equipment of Hawley, Minn.
  • 8th Place: Kevin Slaubaugh and Kyle Majer. Slaubaugh is from Leeds, N.D., and is sponsored by Leading Edge Equipment of Devils Lake, N.D. Majer is from Middle River, Minn., and is sponsored by Evergreen Implement of Thief River Falls, Minn.

Nineteen teams from five states across the country competed, including colleges from Iowa, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

The National PAS Student Organization is an organization associated with agriculture/agribusiness and natural resources offerings in approved postsecondary institutions offering baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, diplomas and/or certificates. PAS is one of 11 career and technical student organizations approved by the U.S. Department of Education as an integral part of career and technical education.

The Agricultural Machinery Technician competition is part of the Career Program Areas with the purpose to allow students to test their knowledge and problem-solving skills in a competitive environment to meet industry needs utilizing a variety of assessment techniques.

The Agricultural Machinery Service Technician Career Program Area is designed to:

  • Encourage the development of Agricultural Service Technicians’ opportunities;
  • Provide incentives to develop and improve curriculum and instructional techniques;
  • Evaluate participant and program efficiency;
  • Recognize individual accomplishments and educational curriculum in Agricultural Service Technician programs;
  • Encourage cooperation between education and industry;
  • Strengthen the PAS organization by encouraging active participation.

To learn more about the John Deere Tech program at NDSCS, go to

Department: John Deere Tech

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