Automotive tech students from 17 Toronto-area high schools will test their knowledge and mechanical aptitude in a high-octane skills competition at the Canadian International AutoShow on Media Day, Feb. 14.
The two-member student teams will have 120 minutes to diagnose and repair 10 new Volkswagen Jettas deliberately rigged with identical operating problems by Centennial College's automotive technician instructors. The teams will also shift between five workstations to test their analytical skills in electrical, steering, suspension and brakes, waveform analysis, and engine mechanical and measurement.
The students, all of whom are studying automotive service technology at the high school level, will be vying for valuable prizes, including scholarships, tools, textbooks and new General Motors vehicles for their auto shops. The top-ranked team will represent the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City next month.
Canadians have been a formidable force in New York: a team from Central Technical School beat all of the U.S. teams and collected prizes worth $250,000 in 2008. A Northview Heights Secondary School team placed second in 2009.
The 14th annual Toronto Automotive Technology Competition enjoys outstanding support from the industry. Sponsors include: TADA, the Canadian International AutoShow, Volkswagen Canada, General Motors Canada, Snap-On/Sun Tools, Consulab, Canadian Tire, Toromont, Nelson Education, Pearson Education, Goodheart-Willcox, TecMate and Centennial College.