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Greater Philadelphia Auto Technology Competition

2022 Tech Comp

The 2022 contest marked our 29th year of celebrating automotive guidance, education and competition. Two seniors from each qualifying high school competed for $1 million in scholarships, tools and prizes to continue their auto education. The finalists represented these schools:

Berks Career & Tech Center – East
Berks Career & Tech Center – West
Bucks County Technical High School
Burlington County Inst of Technology
Central Montco Technical High School
Chester County Technical College H S

Delaware County Technical School
Gloucester County Inst of Technology
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology
North Montco Technical Career Center
Western Montgomery Career & Tech Center


Congratulations to our 2022 Tech Comp Winners!

1st Place
Berks Career & Technology Center East – Kadin Frey and Benjamin Johnson
Instructor: Keith Nichols
Sponsored by Turnpike Chevrolet

2nd Place
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology – Scott Chester and Kurt Schoenmier
Instructor: Robert Schwarz
Sponsored by Keystone Volvo Cars

3rd Place
Berks Career & Technology Center West – Robert Calhoun and Joshua Davidson
Instructor: Joe Gonzalez
Sponsored by Piazza Honda of Reading

 

Competition Background

THE PURPOSE

The Greater Philadelphia Auto Technology Competition (Tech Comp) builds awareness for the important role of auto technicians in today’s workforce and spotlights their specialized skills and professionalism. The role of auto technicians has changed with technology and so has Tech Comp since it started in 1993. Auto technicians of the 21st Century must have highly polished math and computer skills in addition to mechanical aptitude followed only by an eye for delivery detail. Here is a fun fact to illustrate this point: there are more computer systems in a base-model version of any new car today than the first rocket ship that sent man to the moon! Pretty interesting, right?

THE EVENT

The first of this two-part competition takes place in December, when dozens of high school seniors take a written exam. The exam covers the eight National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) areas of the automobile, which are Engine Repair, Engine Performance, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Brakes, Heating and Air Conditioning, Suspension and Steering, Manual Drive Train and Axles and Automatic Transmissions. The two highest scoring students from the top 12 schools qualify for the hands-on portion of the event. During the hands-on portion, participants perform a Multi-Point Inspection of a previously-bugged vehicle and test their knowledge at 10 workstations ranging from engine mechanical to communication skills.

WHY IT MATTERS

Making up 37% of all employment in a dealership, the service department is vital to the organization’s profitability. With the average age of today’s technician between 55 and 58, it’s estimated that half of technicians nationwide will retire in the next decade. The need for qualified technicians has never been greater. And more importantly, this competition is another way for our Foundation to give back to the community. For the 24 finalists, the experience can be life-changing as more than $1 million in scholarships, tools and prizes is annually awarded through Tech Comp!

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