DEARBORN, Mich. (June 25, 2004) — Automotive service students from across the country will travel to Dearborn to participate in the National Finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition June 29.
The competition draws more than 6,000 students nationwide, AAA and Ford Motor Co. said. More than 50 new Ford vehicles will be deliberately and identically bugged and lined up for the hands-on automotive repair test. Ford also is based in Dearborn.
“The students participating in this contest from all 50 states are the most talented young automotive professionals in the country,” said James Dunst, Auto Skills contest manager. “No matter where they place in the National Finals, the scholarships the competition provides every team will help them continue their education.”
There is a shortage of about 60,000 trained service and repair technicians, the groups said, citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry size is expected to increase 10-20 percent through 2010.