OWATONNA, Minn.-Service tool and electronic diagnostic equipment manufacturer OTC said it will again be a sponsor of the annual Ford Motor Co./American Automobile Association troubleshooting contest. Held annually in June in Washington, D.C., the contest begins on the local high school level, eventually escalating to state and national competitions. Student teams on the national level take written exams, then have 90 minutes to test their technical proficiency by fixing identical cars ``bugged'' with identical maintenance problems.
Owatonna-based OTC, a division of SPX Corp., supplies the budding technicians with 60 specially designed scan tools and software for the contest, and also provides tools for a tool box presented to each participant.
The Technician Repair Network (TRN) telecast its first live national training program on Dec. 7 and 8. Called the nation's only TV network dedicated to the technical education of automotive repair professionals, TRN is planning quarterly, live telecasts of interactive training programs via satellite to more than 600 sites nationwide. For details, call TRN, (800) 545-2220.
The Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has established a new service that provides a comprehensive database on all national and international events of interest to automotive suppliers.
Event dates and information are available through a toll-free number, 1-800-CAR-GO-55. Eventually, the information will be accessible via computer. For more information about the system, contact MEMA Member Services at (919) 549-4800.
The Automotive Parts & Accessories Association estimates that consumer expenditures for automotive products and services grew 2.3 percent in 1994, to more than $208 billion, based on data from the U.S. Commerce Department's ``Consumer Expenditure Survey.''
CARQUEST Auto Parts will award $13,000 in scholarships for 1995, including four to family members of professional technician customers of the company and four to family members of CARQUEST parts store owners and full-time employees.