Students from the Gloucester County Institute of Technology placed first in a hands-on competition at the Greater Philadelphia Automotive Technology Competition (Tech Comp).
Fred Holland and Riley Radcliff, students in Glenn Hubert’s automotive technology program, were required to perform a pre-delivery Inspection of a previously-bugged vehicle and test their knowledge at 10 workstations ranging from engine mechanical to communication skills during the March 8 competition.
Additionally, Fred had the highest score on the written test and Riley had the 1st place essay. The prizes totaled $243,000 in tools and scholarships for the students and their shop.
The road to Philadelphia began in November, when approximately 100 high school seniors took a written exam, which covers eight National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) areas of the automobile: engine repair, engine performance, electrical/electronic systems, brakes, heating and air conditioning, suspension and steering, manual drive train and axles and automatic transmissions.
The two highest scoring students from the top 12 schools qualified for the hands-on portion of the event at the 26th annual competition in Philadelphia.
The goal of Tech Comp is to build awareness for the important role of auto technicians in today’s workforce and spotlight their specialized skills and professionalism.
The next stop for the team for the team is the National Automotive Technology Competition in April at the New York Auto Show in New York City, where they will represent the Greater Philadelphia area.