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Morrisville State College to host statewide automotive skills competition

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.– On May 13 and 14, eleventh and twelfth grade automotive students from throughout New York state will visit the Morrisville State College campus to compete in the AAA/Ford Motor Company Student Auto Skills Competition, held in the Automotive Technology Building.

The competition will begin on May 13 at 6:30 p.m. with a dinner at Seneca Dining Center. John Domagala, advisor/director of Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers’ Association, will be the keynote speaker for the dinner.

On May 14, teams of two students will compete in a “hands-on” competition in which new Ford Motor Company vehicles are “bugged” so that each team has identical malfunctions to diagnose and repair. Teams are judged on quality of workmanship and time. The winning team and its instructor will receive a trip to the national finals.

Morrisville State College automotive faculty and staff will serve as judges and timers during the event.

The May 14 competition schedule is as follows:
• Opening/welcome at the Auto Tech Building 8:45 a.m.
• Group photographs 9:15 a.m.
• Tool inspection 9:30 a.m.
• Competition starts at Auto Tech Building 10 a.m.
• Competition ends at Auto Tech Building 11:30 a.m.
• Lunch at Auto Tech Building noon
• Auto trivia contest 1 p.m.
• Trophies and awards in auto showroom 1:30 p.m.

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, and two associate degrees, one in automotive technology and the other in autobody 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, 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 new computerized manual system gives students quick access to automotive-related questions.

A new Autobody Technology Building contains the most sophisticated equipment in the autobody 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 offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options including a new bachelor degree in business administration, a bachelor of technology degree in criminal justice and an associate degree in renewable energy technology.

Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.