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Automotive Technology Competition

Congratulations to the duo from North Montco Technical Career Center in Lansdale, PA! Johnathan Maurer and Ian Murray took first place in the 24th Annual Tech Comp on February 24. They earned $262,000 in scholarships, tools and prizes to help them continue their automotive education after high school. Their instructor John Alcaro helped them prepare for the competition for several weeks before the event.

2017’s winners: Ian Murray, Johnathan Maurer and John Alcaro from North Montco Technical Career Center.

Luis Arroyo and Ryan Carey of Middle Bucks Institute of Technology earned second place. Logan Wentzel and Cory Coleman from Berks Career and Technology Center’s East campus captured third place. These two teams shared an additional $266,000 in scholarships and prizes. The total value of all awards given to the competition’s 24 contestants tops $1 million.

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 consists of a Pre-Delivery Inspection and multiple workstations ranging from Engine Mechanical to Communication Skills.

Congratulations to the 2017 finalists from these high school automotive programs:

Berks Career and Technology Center EAST (3rd place)
Berks Career and Technology Center WEST
Bucks County Technical High School
Burlington County Institute of Technology
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 (2nd Place)
North Montco Technical Career Center (1st place)
Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center
Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center

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.