Shawn Owens was named the new UCAT Student of the Year at a gala held on January 21, 2016.
Shawn had a scholarship to attend a university but soon found that something was lacking in his education. After some research, he found a new program offered at the Ogden-Weber ATC. Shawn completed the Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) program in record time and was named Ogden-Weber’s Student of the Year last November.
An NDI technician tests major components of major structures like jets and trains to spot flaws in those parts before they become critical. He feels that technical education was the best pathway to a career for him and encourages others to explore the possibilities offered at the eight ATCs throughout the state.
As UCAT Student of the Year, he has had the opportunity to address the Utah Legislature and meet the Governor. He will serve as an ambassador for technical education as he meets with a diverse group of agencies and institutions throughout the year. Shawn is currently working at Hill Air Force Base.