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Wilson Tech Teams Sweep New York Auto Tech Competition


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Teams from Wilson Tech High School in Northport, NY, swept the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association’s (GNYADA) 2021 Automotive Technology Championship, with students taking home thousands of dollars in scholarships on the road to promising careers as future auto techs in one of the nation’s fastest-growing fields.

For the first time, all three top finishers were teams from the same school, competing against 30 other two-student teams from throughout the metro area, in a competition that usually requires students to diagnose and fix pre-programmed bugs in a vehicle operating system and engine in the shortest amount of time.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s competition, held May 12, was conducted virtually, with students working on specially designed computer simulations of vehicles and auto system interfaces. 

For 30 years, GNYADA has sponsored the New York Automotive Technology Competition to educate the next generation of automotive technicians and accelerate the development and demonstration of new technologies to franchised new car dealers and the automotive industry.

GNYADA uses the competition to challenge schools to push the curriculum of automotive education to a more rigorous standard, ensuring students master the skills they need to succeed as lifelong learners, workers and citizens.

The Auto Tech Competition represents a unique coalition of franchised new car dealers, auto manufacturers, government and academic partners who work together to ensure students will be ready for the demands of working in the service centers of franchised new car dealers.

The competition is designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that young people need for success in today’s technologically advanced automotive industry.

“In the 30 years of the competition, we’ve seen a tremendous advancement in the technology of the cars themselves, but now we even see advancements in the way that students are taught and learn," said Oliver Brodlieb, president, East Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge, and GNYADA Education Committee chairman. "Who would have guessed that we’d be here today...

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