Automotive Technology Competition
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 one thousand 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.
2013 marks the 20th year for our competition! This contest is open to all area high school seniors enrolled in automotive programs and begins with a written qualifying exam in November. The two highest scoring students from the top twelve schools then qualify for the hands-on competition held in February at Automotive Training Center’s Warminster campus. The hands-on competition consists of a Pre-Delivery Inspection and multiple workstations ranging from Engine Mechanical to Communication Skills. The winning duo earns an all-expense paid trip to the National Automotive Technology Competition at the New York Auto Show, courtesy of the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation.
The 24 student participants walked away with over $800,000 worth of scholarships, tools, and prizes to help them continue their automotive education. Congratulations to all of the competitors!
1st Place Team:
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology
Eric Happ & Brian Wilson
Instructor: Paul Ciarlone
2nd Place Team:
Berks Career & Technology Center – West
Mark Roerig & Joshua Rosario
Instructor: Jeffrey Schmehl
3rd Place Team:
Bucks County Technical High School
Brian Seigman & Robert Bruce
Instructor: Byron Cesari
Berks Career & Technology Center – East
Chester County Technical College High School – Pennock’s Bridge
Chester County Technical College High School - Brandywine
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology
Gloucester County Institute of Technology
Mercer County Technical School – Sypek
North Montco Technical Career Center
Pemberton Township High School
Swenson Arts and Technology High School
All prizes were donated by local businesses. If you are interested in donating items (gift cards, small tools, promotional items), or for more information regarding this event, please contact Mary Lynn Alvarino or Kelsey Hinkle.