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Greater Philadelphia Auto Technology Competition

About the Competition

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 November, when approximately 100 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!

The Competition

2021 marked the 28th year for our competition. Due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the students, who would normally meet for the hands-on contest, competed digitally. Thanks to Electude, the virtual challenges simulated experiences these high school seniors would encounter while working as an entry-level technician. Two students from each of the 12 schools listed below competed for scholarships and tools to continue their automotive education after high school:

Berks Career & Tech Center – East
Berks Career & Tech Center – West
Bucks County Technical High School
Burlington County Inst of Technology
Delaware County Technical School
Eastern Center for Arts & Technology
Gloucester County Inst of Technology
Jules E Mastbaum High School
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology
N Montco Technical Career Center
Swenson Arts & Technology H S
Upper Bucks County Technical School

Congrats to our 2021 Tech Comp Winners!

1st Place
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology – Ryan Pressman & Timothy Logan Kirby
Instructor: Robert Schwarz
Sponsored by Keystone Volvo Cars

2nd Place
Gloucester County Institute of Technology – Rob Crawford & Nicholas Surrette
Instructor: Glenn Hubert
Sponsored by Holman Ford Lincoln

3rd Place
Delaware County Technical High School – James D. Fleming & Thomas Distler
Instructor: William Jenkins
Sponsored by Conicelli Toyota Springfield

Save the date: 2022 Hand-on Competition, Friday, March 25, Automotive Training Center, Warminster

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