INDIANAPOLIS -- Twenty high school automotive students from across the state will compete for scholarships in the automotive industry and the chance to advance to the National Finals and earn the title of "America's Next Top Auto Technicians," in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition.
The annual contest, which will take place April 27, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport, at 9:15 a.m., targets students who are looking to jumpstart a career as an automotive service technician.
"The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition is one of the ways in which AAA and Ford demonstrate opportunities in the automotive service industry,' Public Affairs Manager for AAA Hoosier Motor Club Greg Seiter said. "The competition also helps ensure the development of a quality workforce that is equipped to respond to increasingly sophisticated auto repair challenges."
Each two-student team in the state competition will race the clock in correctly identifying and repairing intentionally installed "bugs" in identical 2012 Ford vehicles.
Once the vehicle is properly diagnosed and repaired, the teammates must drive it across the finish line, where the car will be inspected by a team of automotive industry judges for accuracy and workmanship.
Two of the top-ranked automotive technology students selected to compete in this year's event attend Northview High School.
Hunter Collins and Eli Topie, students at Northview, and instructor Tony Migliorini, were selected based on scores in an online qualifying exam that tests automotive knowledge.
In addition to winning scholarships and other valuable prizes, the winning team will represent Indiana at the National Finals at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., June 10-12.
The team with the highest combined scores from the national hands-on competition and written exam will win.
Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills will offer nearly $12 million in scholarships this year to students at both the state and national levels.
More than 12,000 students from across the United States compete for the chance to represent their schools and states in the National Finals.
The competition tests students' automotive knowledge, workmanship and problem-solving abilities.
For additional information on the competition, log on to http://autoskills.aaa.com/.