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Automotive Technology Competition

2016TechComp (2)

2016 Tech Comp winners Michael Steinmetz and Sean Hagerty from Eastern Center for Arts and Technology pictured with Tech Comp Chairman Steve Kelly and their Instructor George Stahl.

Congratulations our 2016 Greater Philadelphia Automotive Technology Competition champions Michael Steinmetz and Sean Hagerty from Eastern Center for Arts and Technology! Michael and Sean went on to represent the Philadelphia region at the National Automotive Technology Competition in March in New York City. Second place went to Devon Henrie and Daniel Chandler of Berks Career and Technology Center East and Gloucester County Institute of Technology’s William Pitt and Aaron Bowers earned third place.

2016 marked the 23rd year of our competition!  This contest is open to area high school seniors enrolled in automotive programs and began with a written qualifying exam in November. The two highest scoring students from the top twelve schools qualified for the hands-on competition which consisted of a Pre-Delivery Inspection and multiple workstations ranging from Engine Mechanical to Communication Skills.

Congratulations to the 2016 finalists from these high schools:

Berks Career and Technology Center EAST
Berks Career and Technology Center WEST
Bucks County Technical High School
Central Montco Technical High School
Delaware County Technical School
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology
Gloucester County Institute of Technology
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology
North Montco Technical Career Center
Swenson Arts and Technology High School
Universal Audenried Charter High School
Upper Bucks County Technical School

About Tech Comp

The objective of this annual competition is to increase the number and quality of professional automotive service technicians available to the ADAGP Dealer Members. With nearly 1,000 auto technology students in the region, there is a lot of available talent to an industry that has much to offer. Today’s technicians are considered professional people and can earn as much as the engineers who design the vehicles. Furthermore, the skills and education required are equally advanced. As is proven in this competition, the auto technicians of the 21st Century must have highly polished math and computer skills in addition to very strong mechanical aptitude.

This competition is supported by a volunteer advisory committee that meets throughout the year to plan the event. This group is made up of professionals representing new car dealerships, auto manufacturers, industry suppliers and post-secondary technical schools. The Foundation is extremely grateful for the time and energy that each committee member dedicates to the contest.

All prizes for this competition are donated by local businesses and are meant to encourage the competitors to continue their automotive education after high school.

The qualifying exam for the 2017 competition is set for Friday, November 4, 2016. Instructors can register their five top seniors through October 28, 2016.