(Marietta, Ga. – April 26, 2013) Most high school students are just learning how to drive a car, but this Friday 16 Chattahoochee Technical College students judged the best high school students in the state on their automotive repair skills. NAPA Genuine Parts Company welcomed 10 high school teams from around the state teams to its Wildwood Complex location to compete in the Georgia State Finals with Ford and AAA.
“This competition is for juniors and seniors in high school automotive programs,” explained CTC Instructor Kevin Ruby, who served as the Technical Competition Manager. “The top ten teams are determined by taking a written exam on automotive knowledge – the ten highest scores of the two-student teams are invited to a hands-on competition.”
The 16 Chattahoochee Technical College students will serve in various capacities during the competition, including serving as line judges and time keepers. Others work with the parts department, quality assurance and as a general runner. All 16 are currently studying Automotive Repair Technology at Chattahoochee Technical College’s Marietta, North Metro or Appalachian campuses.
At the State Hands-On Competition, teams race against the clock to correctly diagnose and repair a deliberately “bugged” 2013 Ford Focus SE. A combination of the online written exam and hands-on competition scores determine each state’s championship team that will compete in the national finals at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan June 9 – 11. At the national finals, champions from all 50 states will compete against one another for the right to call themselves the top young auto technicians in America and take home millions of dollars in scholarships.
“As you can imagine, it is an honor to qualify to compete in this event, with prizes and scholarships awarded,” said Ruby.
Four teams were able to complete the challenge and drive the car to the final judges for scoring. Among the top points and time finishers were first place winners Thomson High School and Technical Institute, second and third places teams were both from Maxwell High School of Technology in Lawrenceville and fourth place Cherokee High School in Canton.
Photos from the event are available here.