Training the Technicians of the Future
The National Automotive Technology Competition is a test of skill, a measure of knowledge, and a race against the clock-all rolled into one. It features hundreds of the nation's best high school automotive education students from across the country competing for the title of The Nation's Best Automotive Technician
. This year more than $3 million in prizes and scholarships will be awarded to participating students and schools thanks to the generous support of almost every major automaker, industry suppliers, local dealerships, and dealers associations.
This nationally recognized competition, which was developed in 1990 by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association to help curb the shortage of qualified automotive technicians and raise the level of vocational education standards in the public school system, is celebrating its 23nd year in 2012 as the preeminent competition of its kind.
Leading up to the national finals, which take place at the New York International Automobile Show
on Tuesday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 3, regional and state contests are held across the country to determine the nation's best automotive students. The winning student teams then move on to represent their state at the national finals in New York City.
How the contest works:
Each two-person student team must diagnose and repair a number of pre-assigned problems under a car's hood within an allotted amount of time. Each "bug" correctly repaired is worth a number of points, depending on the level of difficulty. In addition, the student's overall knowledge is tested through a series of written tests prepared by the ASE.
To prepare for the competition, students train with their high school instructors as well as with certified technicians at local franchised automobile dealerships.