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Morrisville State College hosts statewide automotive skills competition May 14

Ten teams to race against the clock to diagnose and repair intentionally “bugged” vehicles
MORRISVILLE, N.Y.— The best and brightest eleventh- and twelfth-grade student automotive technicians from across the state will race against the clock to correctly identify and fix vehicles that have been “bugged” on purpose.

When it is all said and done, one team will drive away the winner of the FORD/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition being held at Morrisville State College on May 14.

The 10 competing teams, from schools across New York State, will face off in the parking lot of the Automotive Technology Building from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Teams earned a spot in the competition by scoring highest on a qualifying exam.

In the hands-on competition, students in teams of two will be diagnosing and repairing identical new Ford Motor Company vehicles which have been uniformly “bugged” so that each team has identical malfunctions to diagnose and repair. The competition requires repairs to be made with the highest quality workmanship in the shortest total time.

After properly diagnosing and repairing the vehicle, teammates must drive across the finish line where their accuracy and workmanship will be judged by Morrisville State College automotive faculty and staff.

The winning two-person team and their instructor will advance to the national finals in June 2013 for the chance to compete for additional scholarship dollars and the opportunity to kick-start their automotive careers. At the national competition, each member of the 50 state teams will take a written exam. Errors on the written exams are converted into time demerits that are added to the team's time for the “hands-on” mechanical competition in both the state and national competitions.

The names of each contestant are submitted to AAA affiliated service facilities, Ford Motor Company dealers, and many other sponsoring organizations that have a need for automotive technicians and other service specialists.

The competition is cosponsored by AAA and Ford Motor Company.

Morrisville State College offers two bachelor degrees, a bachelor of technology degree in automotive technology management and a bachelor of business administration degree in automotive technology, as well as two associate degrees, one in automotive technology and the other in auto body technology.

The college’s Automotive Technology Building, set up like a dealership, includes a technologically sophisticated environment with nine state-of-the-art laboratories including chassis, electrical, emissions, engines, Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Service Educational Training), fuel diagnostic, R & R (remove and replace) and transmissions.

There is also a showroom, three classrooms and a chassis dynamometer room where horsepower, torque, emissions, and engine serial data measurements can be taken from a vehicle and transmitted electronically into a classroom. The bays in each laboratory are hard-wired into the college’s computer network, and a computerized manual system gives students quick access to automotive-related questions.

The Auto body Technology Building contains the most sophisticated equipment in the auto body industry, capable of tackling something as simple as a door ding to the most advanced repairs.

The Ford ASSET program, sponsored by Ford Motor Company, allows students to earn an associate degree while being involved in a cooperative education experience with a participating Ford, Lincoln or Mercury dealership.

Morrisville State College sets the world in motion for students. Curriculums are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology. Lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs, the college was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Community Service Honor Roll. Visit www.morrisville.edu to experience, Morrisville in motion.

Competition Schedule May 14
8 a.m. –Breakfast, Seneca Dining Hall
8:45 a.m. –Welcome and contest briefing, automotive building showroom
9:15 a.m. –Group photographs
9:30 a.m.–Tool inspection and layout
10 a.m. – Start of contest
11:30 a.m. –End of contest
Noon–Lunch, automotive showroom
1p.m.–Trophy presentations, automotive showroom

2013 Contest Finalists
Belmont Career & Technical Center, Belmont, NY
Austin Bernard, Gage Watkins
William Sortore, instructor

Charles G. May Career & Technical Center, Mount Morris, NY
Dillon J Gay, James C Jason
Michael Johnson, instructor

OCM BOCES Henry Campus, Syracuse, NY
Joshua R Hildreth, Tyler J Shepard
Erick Dodge, instructor

Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, New Hartford, NY
Stephen Lichtenberger, Corey Novak
John Stratton, instructor

Ulster Career & Technology Center, Port Ewen, NY
Casey J Dabroski, Ryan R Lamark
Kevin Roebke, instructor

Wayne Technical & Career Center, Williamson, NY
Kaleb C Reed, Brad R Van Opdurp
Chet Kuhn, instructor

WEMOCO Career & Technology, Spencerport, NY
Brian Hallett, Chris Palmeri
David Shalke, instructor

WEMOCO Career & Technology, Spencerport, NY
Oleg V. Dyachuk, Nathan L Munnings
Brian Walczak, instructor

Wilson Technological Center Dix Hills, Dix Hills, NY
Joe Dia, Tim Randazzo
Brian Harrison, instructor

Wilson Tech Northport, Northport, NY
John A Disalvo, Alexander Kuzdro
Ralph Savarese, instructor