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Monday, April 18, 2011

North Montco TCC students earn high scores in automotive competition

Two North Montco Technical Career Center (NMTCC) Automotive Technology students recently participated in the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia Student Troubleshooting Competition. This competition has three components. First, each automotive technology program from Career and Technical Centers located in SE Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware were invited to send five students to participate in the written portion of the competition. This competition consisted of 180 questions to gauge the students’ automotive knowledge. Two students from the top 12 scoring Career and Technical Centers, with the highest combined scores on the exam, were invited to participate in the troubleshooting/hands-on portion of the competition. Joe Josko (Souderton) and Chris Kinner (North Penn) earned the opportunity to compete during the troubleshooting competition by earning the highest two scores for NMTCC students. During the troubleshooting competition, the students had to troubleshoot (diagnose) and repair several electrical and mechanical “bugs” inserted into a vehicle. Additionally, students competed at various workstations, demonstrating their tire and wheel service, vehicle information management system, electrical diagnosis, and brake, engine and emission/performance repair skills. Joe and Chris earned fourth place for this competition, missing third place by one point. The final component of the competition was a mandatory essay for all students who participated in the troubleshooting competition. The owners of dealerships believe that qualified technicians must also have strong written and verbal communication skills. Joe Josko earned first place for his essay which required him to “explain how and why the Service Department is important to a dealership’s business.”


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