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Good Luck to Team Competing on Friday at Morrisville State College
Friday, March 20, 2015
The Southern Adirondack Education Center (SAEC) is one of 10 schools in New York that qualified for the Ford/AAA "hands-on" state competition on May 8 at Morrisville State College.
SAEC will send a team comprised of the first place winner Brandon Tyrel from Johnsburg along with the second-place winner Dan Pitts from Whitehall to the "hands-on" portion of the competition. Brandon interned at Warren Ford in Warrensburg and now works there part-time and Dan interned at Autosaver Ford in Comstock. Automotive Technology instructor Ray Cole said, “Both car dealerships are providing extra training to our students to prepare them for this competition. This competition gives our students a chance to really hone their diagnostic skills and certainly looks good to a potential employer because it not only shows a high skill level, but shows a commitment to the field on the student’s part.”
The top two students with the highest scores from a qualifying exam in February from each of the top 10 schools will compete against each other in diagnosing and correcting identical malfunctions deliberately installed in the electrical starting, ignition, charging, fuel, emission control systems or body hardware of a 2015 Ford Fiesta.
Accuracy, workmanship, speed and the state qualifying exam results are applied as factors in the judging process of the "hands-on" competition.
The winners receive certificates, fender covers, state qualifying exam scores, trophies and scholarships depending on finishing place. The winning two-person team from each state and their instructor are provided expense-paid trips to the national finals.