(Cuyahoga County) - Twenty juniors and seniors competed for the title of Best Ohio High School Auto Tech Team. AAA headquarters in Independence, hosted the state round of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition.
Triple-A Safety Advisor J.J. Miller says these are the future auto mechanics that will keep our vehicles moving in the future.
Ten teams representing high school around the state competed for more than $186-thousand dollars in scholarships. They were given the task of detecting and repair a hidden bug in identical 2014 forest Fiestas, and then driving them across the finish line.
Students were judged on the time it took to detect the problem and the quality of their workmanship as college recruiters, and representatives the Ford Motor Company watched.
In first place were students from the Trumbull Career Center in Warren. They will compete in the national competition in June.
Judges watch as students compete.
Instructor Dave Gillis told Newsradio WTAM 1100, his students put in a lot of study time preparing for the competition.
Gillis contends all the students who participated are the best young mechanics in the field and have a bright future ahead.
The Miami Valley Career Center in Clayton finished in second place, followed by the Coshocton County Career Center, and Charles Brush High School in Lyndhurst.
Also competing were teams from Lakewood High School, and the Delaware Career Center near Columbus.
Members of the team from Charles Brush High School
Miller tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition enables many of its participants to embark on promising careers in the automotive repair industry to help fuel the rising demand for well-trained technicians that can repair both computer and mechanical components in today’s advanced vehicles.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of the prestigious event, as well as 30 years AAA has been involved in the Student Auto Skills competition; Ford Motor Company began its partnership with the competition 20 years ago.
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