Career and Technical Education Auto Technology students from the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation recently placed second in a Ford AAA Competition, which involved testing their automotive abilities to repair a deliberately bugged 2015 Ford Fiesta.
The students took a written exam in February to be entered into the hands-on competition, and only ten schools were able to qualify; the highest scoring two students from a school made up each team.
Schools from Long Island and Buffalo were at Morrisville in May for the competition.
Giuseppe Nozzolillo from Central Square and Kevin Cronk from APW worked with Burdick Ford in Central Square to prepare.
Their technicians “bugged” a Ford Fiesta with some issues that would be similar to what the students might have encountered at the competition.
“Although the students were only able to work with the dealership for a short period of time, both thought that they would never have done as well as they did without the expertise training and help they received from the technicians at Burdick Ford,” said auto technology teacher David Perkins.
The ten teams were given repair orders with a list of items that needed to be diagnosed and repaired on a Ford Fiesta.
In order for a team to receive scoring for their work, they must complete the tasks on the list, or as many as possible, and have the hood closed on the vehicle before the end of the 90-minute time limit.
At the end, the team who has repaired the most items, with quality work, wins.
“Often a team will make a repair, but it will not be up to standards, and points will get deducted,” said Perkins. “The idea of the Ford competition is the ability to make repairs with emphasis on quality work.”
The CiTi team finished second, earning thousands of dollars in scholarships.
Both Nozzolillo and Cronk plan to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio this fall.
Each student received a scholarship of $6,000 along with tools, a large school trophy and a small trophy for themselves.