High School Students in Auto Skills Competition

AAA and Ford are handing high school students the keys to jump start their careers in the automotive repair industry as they team up to reward students for their automotive knowledge and technical skills.
The competition is especially relevant during a time when the nation needs more skilled automotive technicians in the wake of more and more motorists keeping and fixing their present vehicles instead of buying new ones.
On Thursday 20 juniors and seniors representing 10 technology centers across Oklahoma meet at the OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee to face off in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition.
Each two-student team will race the clock to correctly identify and fix intentionally installed “bugs” on identical Ford Focus vehicles. After properly diagnosing and repairing their vehicle, the teammates must drive their assigned vehicle across the finish line, where the car will be inspected for accuracy and workmanship.
The winning team members not only receive scholarships and other valuable prizes, but will represent Oklahoma in the National Finals in Dearborn, Mich. June 14-16, 2009.
“With so many motorists hanging onto their vehicles longer in this economic climate, it really underscores the desperate need for skilled automotive technicians in this country,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “This competition rewards aspiring automotive technicians and, we hope, inspires them to get the best training possible so that they can embark on promising careers within the automotive repair industry, possibly with AAA or Ford.”

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