2-28-17 PAA Competition post-competitionEvery year at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, the PA Automotive Association holds its automotive technology competition. This year, ten Pennsylvania schools will be competing for scholarships and the chance to participate in the national competition at the International Auto Show in New York.

Two of Jared Comeau’s students in CPAVTS’s Automotive Technology program have qualified for this year’s competition (qualification is determined by a written exam and a team of two students was selected from each of the 10 top schools, out of a total pool of 35 schools who attempted the exam). They are both accomplished students, Ben from Red Land High School (who also has a cooperative education assignment with a local company) and Marshall from West Perry High School. Supplementing their experiences, they have also been practicing with employees at Faulkner Subaru in Mechanicsburg.

“The other day, we went to Subaru to experience their tools and procedures,” said Ben. “The competition car is a 2016 Forrester, so they ‘bugged’ a similar vehicle so that we could practice.”

During the competition, participants will be asked to perform advanced diagnostic work on various vehicle defects in an event designed to truly test the limits of the competitors knowledge of the automotive technology field. At the end of it all, winning students will receive a chance to participate at the national-level competition as well as scholarships not just for themselves, but for their entire school.

“We’re excited to represent our school and state—maybe even make nationals,” said Marshall, who added, smiling, “Mr. Comeau says we have the best chance for first place, and Ben is on co-op so I think we have a pretty good shot!”

The PAA Technology Competition will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the AACA Museum in Hershey. The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. and is open to anyone interested in watching the competition!

**Post Competition Update: Ben and Marshall earned second place in the competition, earning each of them a $1,000 scholarship, along with a variety of tools and automotive-themed apparel. Congratulations to both students for their outstanding performance!**