Is your auto mechanic certified? Does he or she have the skills to successfully diagnosis why your automobile isn’t working? Well, the future of auto service is in good hands! Utah students participating in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Automotive Service Technician Pathway are well on their way to becoming expert auto technicians and becoming ASE certified. An ASE (Auto Service Excellence) technician is one who has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully figure out a problem, ANY PROBLEM, you are having with your vehicle. Automotive service technicians/mechanics are not required to be certified, but those who are certainly have a career advantage. We all need these technicians/mechanics to get us back on the road in a safe and reliable vehicle.
Students participating in the CTE Automotive Service Technician Pathway are learning about automobiles and striving to become a certified ASE mechanic. On Thursday, May 1, 2014 twenty students from 9 high schools and one applied technology college joined together to show off their automotive service technician skills in the 65th Annual Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition held at Salt Lake Community College’s Miller Campus. Students worked in teams of two to test their knowledge and skill at diagnosing a purposely bugged vehicle.
Ten professional automotive technicians/mechanics spent eight hours placing 15 bugs in 10 automobiles. From light bulbs to the acceleration pedal to the engine relays, students were up to the challenge to diagnose each purposely placed bug. This hands-on competition not only tested each teams automotive knowledge and problem solving skills, but also tested their ability to work under pressure as they raced against the clock to complete the assigned task in 90 minutes.
“After 75 minutes of working on the cars, and 15 minutes left of the competition, all 10 cars were still being worked on. The bugs were tough and challenged the student’s abilities and knowledge of the vehicles. Only three vehicles were driven into final judging, the others were still on the field of competition when the contest came to an end, said Dave Milliken, Skilled and Technical Education Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education.”
Below are the results of the competition:
1st Place – Riverton High School
Team: Jens Olsen and Austin Sanders
Instructor: Jay Hales
2nd Place – Hunter High School
Team: Wesley Deyoung and Jacob Simper
Instructor: Matt Proctor
3rd Place – Timpview High School
Team: Michael Dromey and Dan Jones
Instructor: Rich Lamb
4th Place – Syracuse High School
Team: Jaxon Lay and Brycen Rackham
Instructor: Wayne Burbank
Syracuse received the highest score on the written exam.
5th Place – Southwest Applied Technology College
Team: Selby Oldroyd and Duncan Campbell
Instructor: Robert Butler
6th Place – Layton High School
Team: Robert Rice and Justin Christensen
Instructor: Corey Spensor
7th Place – Davis High School
Team: Ethan Jensen and Christian Matlock
Instructor: Tom Housley
8th Place – Bountiful High School
Team: Taylor Gibson and Eric Natay
Instructor: Erick Winkler
9th Place – Northridge High School
Team: Alex Velis and Logan Wilde
Instructor: Rodney Stevenson
10th Place – Emery High School
Team: Conner Burke and Lane Wood
Instructor: Mike Kava
Jen Olsen and Austin Sanders will now advance to the national Auto Skills finals at the Ford Motor Company Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan on June 8-10, 2014. They will compete against students from 49 other states to debug a new Ford vehicle. The team with the fewest quality-of-workmanship demerits and the best combined total score—repair time and written exam—will be the winner.
The 2014 grand-prize will be an all-expense paid trip to the Wood Brothers Racing facility where the students and instructor will work on race cars and learn from top automotive engineers. As part of the job-shadow experience, the winners will also attend a race as VIP.
At the national competition participating students will be awarded scholarships, trophies, apparel, certificates, shop manuals, and automotive equipment. Contestants will also have the opportunity to be considered for automotive technician and other service specialist positions with Ford Motor Company dealers, AAA affiliated service facilities, and other sponsoring organizations.
Students test their automotive repair skills in statewide contest