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.
2014 marks the 21st year for our competition! This contest is open to area high school seniors enrolled in automotive programs and began with a written qualifying exam on November 1, 2013. The two highest scoring students from the top twelve schools qualified for the hands-on competition scheduled for February 28th 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.
Congratulations to David Andrews and James Wiest of Gloucester County Institute of Technology! Instructor Glenn Hubert guided David and James to a first place finish. The duo will move on to represent the Philadelphia area in the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York April 22 and 23. The students from Mercer County Technical Schools’ Sypek Campus and Bucks County Technical High School out performed the pack to earn second and third places respectively.
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. 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.