North Central Missouri College’s two-person robotics automation technology team, Keaton Pettlon from Maryville, MO, and Zachary Walker from Maryville, MO, competed in the Missouri SkillsUSA Robotics Automation Technology Competition held at State Tech in Linn, MO. The team took first place and qualified to compete at the National SkillsUSA conference in Atlanta, GA, June 24-28. Keaton and Zachary completed their contest in record time, being the only team to complete their contest skill challenge. The team is coached by Rick Sharp, NCMC Industrial Technology Instructor.

Keaton and Zachary are very good competitors,” said Rick Sharp. “They will be competing in the upper two percent of the nation in their RAT (Robotics Automation Technology) contest, and I feel like they will be a strong team.”

SkillsUSA is the number one workforce development organization for students. It empowers students to become skills professionals, career-ready leaders, and responsible community members (

North Central Missouri College offers a Robotics Skills certificate and a Robotics and Maintenance certificate at the NCMC Savannah Campus. NCMC also offers several certificates for Industrial Technology and Industrial Maintenance. To learn more about NCMC’s robotics or industrial technology programs, visit or contact Instructor Rick Sharp or the Savannah Campus at 816-324-8001.

Photo: (L to R) Keaton Pettlon, Rick Sharp, Zackery Walker

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