Greater Philadelphia Auto Technology Competition
About the Competition
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 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!
2020 marked the 27th year for our competition. The hands-on portion took place on Friday, March 6, at the Warminster campus of the Automotive Training Center. Two students from each of the 12 schools listed below vied for scholarships and tools to continue their automotive education after high school:
- Berks Career & Technology Center – East Campus
- Berks Career & Technology Center – West Campus
- Bucks County Technical High School
- Burlington County Institute of Technology
- Delaware County Technical School
- Eastern Center for Arts & Technology
- Gloucester County Institute of Technology
- Middle Bucks Institute of Technology
- North Montco Technical Career Center
- Technical College High School – Pennock’s Bridge Campus
- Upper Bucks County Technical School
- Western Montgomery Career & Technology Center
Congrats to our 2020 Tech Comp Winners!
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology – Benjamin Salvador & Zachary Varano
Instructor: Robert Schwarz
Sponsored by Keystone Volvo Cars
Bucks County Technical High School – Bora Topal & Daniel Kristoff
Instructor: Byron Cesari
Sponsored by Reedman Toll Chevrolet
North Montco Technical Career Center – Jack Gross & Brian Piasecki
Instructor: John Alcaro
Sponsored by JL Freed Honda