WARREN — The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition will enter the final stage of competition after narrowing down teams from more than 12,000 high school competitors. The advancing teams will compete on June 10 at Ford Motor Co. World Headquarters in Dearborn for the chance to win more than $10 million in scholarships.
The competition is aimed to reinforce students’ desired field of study, showing them career opportunities within the automotive service field and shaping the next generation of automotive technicians. Bosch field training specialists served as mentors and judges at the state and national levels, helping groom future technicians. At the state level, 10 two-person teams competed.
“As vehicles become more complicated and require an advanced degree of servicing, the career opportunities as an automotive technician continue to expand,” said Mike Hosch, director of sales electronics and diagnostics, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions. “Our field training specialists rely on their decades of experience as technicians, mentoring and helping students develop the skill set needed to be successful to build a career working in dealerships and service shops nationwide.”
The competition pits student teams against one another, repairing intentionally “bugged” vehicles and completing a written test. Teams are evaluated on workmanship, automotive knowledge and problem-solving abilities in a timed race.
“This is something our specialists look forward to every year, a chance to share their passion for the automotive service industry with students looking to learn and grow under the tutelage of Bosch,” Hosch added.
Bosch would like to congratulate the winners from all 50 states, the list of which can be found at autoskills.aaa.com.