MHCC Hosts Auto Skills Competition

Posted: May 2, 2014

Is that sound the ignition miss or the throw-out bearing?

The top 20 auto technology students from 10 Oregon high schools will face off at the annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition, May 8 and 9 at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC).

The students will race the clock to correctly identify and repair intentionally installed “bugs” in identical 2014 Ford Fiesta vehicles. After properly diagnosing and repairing the vehicle, teammates must drive their Ford across the finish line, where their accuracy and workmanship will be judged. In addition to receiving scholarships and prizes, the winning team will represent Oregon at the national finals June 8 - 10 at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. Students from all 50 states will vie for the right to call themselves the top young auto techs in America. In 2011 and 2013, the team from Vale, Ore., won the national competition!

The event will kick off May 8 with a banquet, followed the next day by a car show, 5:30 – 9 p.m. in Room IT33. The competition will begin May 9 at 10 a.m. and last 90 minutes in parking lot J on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. Some teams may cross the finish line in as little as 30 minutes.

A Great Way to Showcase MHCC
“Students get to experience the outstanding Automotive Technology programs that we are so very proud of here at MHCC,” says Jerry Lyons, MHCC auto technology instructor and state manager for the event.

“Technology is constantly changing, and these kids are the best and brightest who will become the auto technicians of the future.  This annual competition helps ensure the development of a quality workforce equipped to respond to cutting-edge advancements in automotive technology and increasingly sophisticated auto repair challenges,” Lyons says.

The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition is open to 11th and 12th grade students. Each two-student team qualified for the Oregon finals by earning one of the state’s top scores in the preliminary online exam given in January.  Nearly 13,000 students across the U.S. vied to become one of 10 two-person teams to qualify for each state’s finals. The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition offers nearly $12 million in scholarships this year to students at both the state and national levels. The Auto Skills competition is now in its 65th year.  AAA has been a program sponsor for 31 years; Ford joined the partnership 21 years ago. 

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