By ND FFA Foundation, Heather Riemer & Glen Huettl, Garrison FFA Advisors
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers sponsored the Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – Placement Proficiency Award at the 2019 North Dakota FFA State Convention. This award is given to a member who works for an employer involved in the repair and maintenance of agricultural equipment and/or structures, including agricultural power systems. This award area is designated for agricultural equipment restoration where the member does not own the piece of equipment.
The 2019 award winner, recognized at the 90th State FFA Convention in June, is Taylor Johnson of the Garrison FFA Chapter. Taylor found an interest in ag mechanics at a very young age, where she would often watch trucks and other equipment being worked on and recalls finding it very compelling. These experiences led to Taylor’s Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) where she worked for D. Leifson Trucking Company based out of Baldwin, ND. Taylor learned to manage a busy schedule of working and being involved in school.
Taylor’s primary tasks include assisting in changing tires, fueling trucks, changing oil, and replacing brake pads. Even more, Taylor gained experience in rebuilding a transmission and replacing an engine. Taylor continues to work at D. Leifson Trucking Company where she enjoys the line of work and continues to learn more with each day on the job. Taylor is the daughter of Scott Johnson, Duane Leifson, and Ann Leifson, while Heather Riemer and Glen Huettl are Taylor’s FFA Advisors. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has sponsored this event since 2016. Taylor was presented with her award on June 5th at the 90th State FFA Convention in Fargo.