April 26, 2007

B.C. students to test their automotive skills in annual competition

Burnaby, B.C. – The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA), the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and BC Ford Dealers have announced the annual Student Auto Skills Competition, which will be held May 4 in Burnaby, British Columbia.

The competition, now in its 17th year, is designed to encourage careers in the automotive industry and to cultivate talent among young, aspiring auto technicians.

The competition features the top 20 high school automotive students from across B.C., representing schools in Abbotsford, Coquitlam, Duncan, Maple Ridge, North Vancouver, Princeton, Salmon Arm and Terrace. Ten two-student teams work against a clock to diagnose and repair identically “bugged” malfunctions deliberately installed in vehicles. Students qualified by taking exams earlier this spring.

Each student on the top three teams will receive a scholarship to BCIT’s Motive Power Program and an Automotive Retailers Association scholarship to the post-secondary institute of their choice. The winning school’s automotive department will also be presented with a Ford Windstar van.

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