Message Center: Congratulations to instructor, Carl Harder and students Justin Bublitz and Colt Morris from Wisconsin on winning the 2014 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Competition!
Helping to shape the future of the automotive industry.
The Ford / AAA Student Auto Skills competition fosters young people's interest in the automotive industry through a spirited nationwide competition with opportunities to win prizes, scholarships, tools and awards along with an experience that could help shape the future of their careers.
The competition is co-sponsored by AAA and Ford Motor Company. Its objective is to encourage talented young people to pursue careers as automotive service technicians. AAA and Ford wholeheartedly support this objective and are committed to this program as an investment in the future of our young people and improved automotive service for AAA members, Ford Motor Company customers and all motorists.
Everyone who registers gets the opportunity to demonstrate their automotive knowledge and qualify for prizes by taking a written exam. Those students scoring the highest (typically the top ten teams) participate in a "hands-on" competition within their respective state, challenging students to diagnose and fix uniformly "bugged" new Ford vehicles as quickly as possible while ensuring quality workmanship. The winning two-person team from each state and their instructor is provided an expense-paid trip to the national finals.
The national finals include a written test and a "hands-on" competition, similar to the "hands-on" competition at the state level, but with a different, new Ford vehicle. The team with the fewest quality-of-workmanship demerits and the best combined total score of repair time and written exam scores will be the winner.
Students win scholarships, trophies, apparel, certificates, shop manuals, trips and automotive equipment. Instructors are eligible to win equipment, service publications, trophies and prestige for their schools. Opportunities with the Ford ASSET program will be available to many of the competition finalists. The 2014 grand-prize will be an all-expense paid trip to the Wood Brothers Racing facility where the students and instructor will work on race cars and learn from top automotive engineers. As part of the job-shadow experience, the winners will also attend a race as VIP.
If you are interested in a job with AAA, please download and fill out the PDF form and mail it in. Once submitted, AAA will distribute your inquiry to the appropriate club in your area. AAA has more than 8,000 approved auto repair facilities, club-owned fleets and repair centers regularly in need of quality technicians.
By being a contestant, your name, address and email is provided to Ford Motor Company dealers, AAA club-owned fleets, AAA approved auto repair facilities and sponsoring organizations of the competition. If you would like to search AAA club sites for jobs, visit www.aaa.com/jobs and select the state you'd like to search in. You may also look at a list of approved repair facilities in your area by visiting www.aaa.com/repair.
Are you looking for a career in the automotive industry? With over 3,000 Ford and Lincoln dealerships across the United States, why not consider becoming a Ford Certified Technician? Visit www.newfordtech.com to learn more about a program near you.