CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE STUDENT TEAMS WHO COMPETED IN THE 2021 AUTO TECH COMPETITION! December 4, 2021, marked the 2nd annual Auto Tech Competition. Held at the Indy Garage at Texas Motor Speedway 25 teams from across North and East Texas came ready to compete for a chance at scholarships and professional industry tools in order to continue their career path journey. NTXAD would like to thank the ASE Educational Foundation, all of the automotive technology instructors, students, and the franchised new car dealerships who worked together to train in the days and weeks leading up to the competition. FIRST PLACE TECHNOLOGY EXPLORATION CAREER CENTER EAST Student competitors Lance Wood and Matthew Wringer with Instructor Doug Emery.DEALER MENTOR: EWING SUBARU OF PLANO SECOND PLACE BUINGER CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACADEMY Student competitors Christian Rangel, Michael Kerns, and Geraldo Sanchez with Instructor Thomas Hook.DEALER MENTOR: CLASSIC CHEVROLET THIRD PLACE DAN DIPERT CAREER TECHNICAL CENTER Student competitors Hayden James, Cade Flores, Grant Bishop with Instructors Gary Foote (L), and Jamal Harvey (R).DEALER MENTOR: CLASSIC BUICK GMC ARLINGTON PHOTO GALLERY – CLICK HERE CBS 11 News coverage of 2021 Auto Tech Competition 2021 Auto Tech Competition Line-up High SchoolSchool DistrictDealership: Azle High SchoolAzle ISDHiley Acura B.R. Johnson Career and Technology CenterCrowley ISDMeador Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Birdville Center of Technology & Advanced LearningBirdville ISDHuggins Honda Buinger CTE AcademyHEB ISDClassic Chevrolet Dan Dipert Career Technical CenterArlington ISDClassic Buick GMC Decatur High SchoolDecatur ISDJames Wood Motors Dubiski Career High SchoolGrand Prairie ISDSewell Cadillac of Grapevine Hallsville High SchoolHallsville ISDPegues-Hurst Ford Hollenstein Career & Technology CenterEagle Mountain-Saginaw ISDMoritz Kia Alliance Keller Center for Advanced LearningKeller ISDMercedes Benz of Grapevine LaGrone AcademyDenton ISDToyota of Denton Longview High SchoolLongview ISDClassic Toyota Tyler North Lamar High SchoolNorth Lamar ISDParis Ford Plano Senior High SchoolPlano ISDDon Herring North Mitsubishi Princeton High SchoolPrinceton ISDBrandon Tomes VW of McKinney Prosper High SchoolProsper ISDLongo Toyota of Prosper Ratteree Career Development CenterIrving ISDFive Star Subaru of Grapevine Red Oak High SchoolRed Oak ISDBob Stalling Hyundai Skyline High SchoolDallas ISDCowboy Toyota Technology Exploration Career Center - EastLewisville ISDEwing Subaru of Plano Terrell High SchoolTerrell ISDPlatinum Ford Vanguard High SchoolMesquite ISDTown East Ford Weatherford High SchoolWeatherford ISDSouthWest Ford W.H. Adamson High SchoolDallas ISDGoodson Acura Wilmer-Hutchins High SchoolDallas ISDSouthwest Kia Dallas The first Auto Tech Competition at the 2019 Fort Worth Auto Show brought together eight local high schools, NTXAD dealer-members, manufacturers, community colleges and other automotive industry professionals. All participating students receive serious swag from sponsors and participating manufacturers. Students were individually interviewed to test them on their communication skills. There currently is a need for 76,000 trained automotive technicians nationwide in dealerships, with many of these job openings in our own North Texas backyard. Experienced, well-trained technicians will always be in demand and able to earn top dollar, however achieving the highest level of expertise is a process. With this in mind, the North Texas Automobile Dealers (NTXAD) joined forces with educators, state and local government, and local dealerships to train, certify and employ students to work in the auto industry in North Texas. The Auto Tech Competition gives high school seniors a high-profile stage to demonstrate their skills, measure of knowledge, and a race against the clock – all rolled into one. It features North Texas’ best high school automotive education students from across the country competing for top honors, scholarships and other prizes. Teams are comprised of two students each and are selected based on preliminary ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification tests in Maintenance & Light Repair, Steering & Suspension, Brakes and Electrical. The final teams are then paired with NTXAD new-car franchised dealerships to act as mentors and help train them for the competition. HOW THE CONTEST WORKS The Auto Tech Competition is held in two Phases. Phase I: Workstations Challenge Contestants are tested on their knowledge of tools, measuring instruments, specific vehicle service information and job interview skills at four to six Workstations. The Workstations Challenge accounts for 40 percent of the total team score. Phase II: On-Vehicle Challenge Each team has an allotted amount of time in which to interpret, diagnose and repair a number of pre-assigned problems on the vehicle, based on the repair order for that vehicle. Each correctly repaired “bug” is worth a set number of points depending on the level of difficulty. The On-Vehicle Challenge accounts for 60 percent of the total team score. Each team is tasked with interpreting, diagnosing and repairing a number ‘bugs’ on their vehicles. PRIZES First Place Team Prize Each student awarded financial support to post-secondary Automotive Technology education at either Dallas College, Collin College, Hill College or Tarrant College. This award is generously funded by The Carroll Shleby Foundation. (Certain restrictions apply, see addendum for details)Each student will receive tool sets valued $3,000, provided by Snap-on. Second Place Team Prize Each student will receive tool sets valued $2,000, provided by Snap-on. Third Place Team Prize Each student will receive tool sets valued $1,000, provided by Snap-on. All team members and one instructor from each school will receive an official 2021 Auto Tech Competition ball cap from the North Texas Chevy Dealers. A competition tool bag from DFW Acura Dealers which will include a tool package from the North Texas Ford Dealers, along with additional prizes provide by GMC, Kia, Subaru and other participating sponsors. Instructors The Team Instructor at each of the schools participating in the Competition will each receive a complimentary Registration to the ASE Conference in Frisco, Texas, summer 2022. Value: $500. THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Winners from the 2019 Fort Worth Auto Show Auto Tech Competition First Place Suleiman Khan and Liam McClelland with Keller Center for Advanced Learning (dealer mentor was Moritz Kia Alliance) Second Place Evan Adamson and Richard Lundsgaard with Lewisville Career Center East (dealer mentor was Grubbs Infiniti) Third Place Matthew Dages and Lane Freach with Birdville Center of Technology (dealer mentor was Five Star Ford North Richland Hills) Students on the winning teams walk away with tool kits courtesy of Snap-on. 2019 PRIZES AWARDED The prize for each student on the first-place team is a financial award to support post-secondary automotive technology education at one of the three DCCCD programs (Brookhaven, Cedar Valley or Eastfield College), Collin College or Tarrant County College, generously provided by The Carroll Shelby Foundation. Each student on the first-, second- and third place teams receives tool sets from Snap-on, valued at $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. All students receive swag bags from participating manufacturers. Each instructor receives complimentary registration to the summer ASE Conference in Frisco, valued at $500.