Puyallup High School students Matthew Torrey and Alexander Franco, under the tutelage of instructor Larry Turner, registered second place finish last week at the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition at Renton Technical College. The duo and their teacher were competing for more than $20,000 in scholarships, and a chance to represent Washington state in the national finals at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, June 7-9.
Nationwide, students looking to jump-start their career as an automotive service technician took an online exam last month to test their automotive knowledge, and only 20 students from Washington qualified to advance to the state finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills. The top 10 schools that scored highest on the online exam, taken earlier this year, qualified to participate in the hands-on competition. Each two-person team was judged on speed, accuracy and workmanship while diagnosing and fixing a bugged Ford Fiesta.
The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills is a national automotive technology competition that offers millions of dollars in scholarships and prizes to high school juniors and seniors thinking of pursuing careers as automotive service technicians. Nearly 13,000 students from across the nation compete for a chance to represent their school and potentially their state in the National Finals. The competition tests students’ automotive knowledge, workmanship and problem-solving abilities.