Automotive high school students from around the country are gearing up for the 2014 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition.
The Ford / AAA Student Auto Skills competition fosters young people’s interest in the automotive industry through a spirited nationwide competition with opportunities to win prizes, scholarships, tools and awards, along with an experience that could help shape the future of their careers. The national competition will take place June 8-10, 2014 in Dearborn, MI.
The competition is co-sponsored by AAA and Ford Motor Company, and is designed to encourage talented young people to pursue careers as automotive service technicians.
During the state and local competitions held earlier this year, everyone who registered had the opportunity to demonstrate their automotive knowledge and qualify for prizes by taking a written exam. Those students scoring the highest (typically the top ten teams) participated in a “hands-on” competition within their respective state, challenging students to diagnose and fix uniformly “bugged” new Ford vehicles as quickly as possible while ensuring quality workmanship. The winning two-person team from each state and their instructor is provided an expense-paid trip to the national finals.
The national finals include a written test and a “hands-on” competition, similar to the “hands-on” competition at the state level, but with a different, new Ford vehicle. The team with the fewest quality-of-workmanship demerits and the best combined total score of repair time and written exam scores will be the winner.
Staff from Tomorrow’s Tech magazine will be on-hand at the national competition next month.