Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition

September 8, 2015

Please be advised the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition officially ended with the 2015 event.

Although AAA and Ford have long been associated with the program, we were not its originators. The Auto Skills program began many years ago by other organizations that also made great contributions to the legacy of this important program.

AAA has proudly sponsored the Student Auto Skills competition for the past three decades, while Ford has sponsored for the past two decades. Both Ford and AAA value the relationships formed with the schools and the other sponsors, who have been instrumental in developing talented young technicians for the automobile industry by helping strengthen the link between education and quality car care.

After careful consideration, AAA has decided to discontinue its national sponsorship of the Student Auto Skills competition. AAA remains committed to meeting the changing needs of motorists and will continue to focus resources towards improving its services for the 56 million members while keeping the motoring public safe and informed of changing vehicle technology. 

Ford is committed to supporting young men and women interested in careers as automotive service technicians. Ford pursued several options to continue this program, but was unable to find another appropriate partner. Ford is exploring other ways to support training efforts in high schools with automotive programs.

At AAA and Ford, we still believe in the importance of trained technicians in an ever changing and increasing digital industry. We look forward to exploring new ways to develop this important skill set.




John Nielsen (AAA)                                        Steve DeAngelis (Ford)

Managing Director,                                         Manager, Technical Support Operations

Automotive Engineering & Repair               Ford Customer Service Division


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. 

Jobs and Education

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 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



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 to learn more about a program near you.




Download the OTC  Encore Quick Start Guide

Download the Calendar of Events for the 2015 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition.

Download the 2015 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Instructor Guide.