Humble ISD Technicians Take Top Honors

Technicians Win Top Honors
Humble ISD Technician Jerrod Jacobs (right) and Shop Helper Jovan Jackson (left) placed first and third (respectively) in the 2018 TASBT School Bus Technician Texas’ Best Competition.

The Texas Association of School Bus Technicians (TASBT) held its annual School Bus Technician Texas' Best competition on Saturday, April 14. Humble ISD Technician Jerrod Jacobs and Shop Helper Jovan Jackson entered the Inspector Division competition and won first and third place, respectively. This is the second year in a row for Jacobs to be recognized as the state champion.

The competition involves two sections: a 50 question ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) style test and a hands-on portion where a bus is “bugged” with problems. There are three areas of the bus contestants must inspect: engine, undercarriage and interior. Each area must be carefully inspected, noting any problems that are found. Accuracy is paramount to obtaining the top score.

“Preparation is important for the inspection test,” Jacobs said. “You take what you know, and what you know can go wrong, and apply that to the bus you inspect. It’s very much related to what we do every day, except we have judges watching us and one of the tests is timed.”

Competition is a way to measure competencies against peers. Complacency is not in the mindset of these two technicians.

“Third place is good, but next time I want to take home the gold,” Jackson said, smiling and respectfully nodding toward his co-worker.

However, the competition in the Inspection Division might not be quite so tough. Jacobs, the two-time reigning state champion, will likely enter the Technician Division next year. Contestants are allowed to compete in only one division.

“It’s all about improving who we are and what we do,” Jacobs stated. “Awards are nice, but the 14,000 students we transport on these buses every day are the primary focus of what we do.”

With his first-place qualifying win, Jacobs will again represent Humble ISD in the America's Best competition to be held during the National Association of Pupil Transportation annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri this October.

“I am proud to have Jerrod and Jovan as our technicians,” JP Burd, Director of Transportation, said. “Their dedication and pursuit of technical distinction in our department shines through in every Humble ISD school bus and fleet vehicle on the road today.”