Auto Tech Competition

The first-ever Auto Tech Competition brought together eight local high schools, NTXAD dealer-members, manufacturers, community colleges and other automotive industry professionals.

>> Check out this video of the 2019 Fort Worth Auto Show Auto Tech Competition

First Ever Auto Tech Competition Crowns Winners from Keller ISD

Eight high schools, North Texas Automobile Dealers (NTXAD) dealer members, manufacturers, local community colleges and other automotive industry professionals joined forces to present the inaugural Auto Tech Competition at the 2019 Fort Worth Auto Show. The student teams were selected based on the scores from preliminary ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) tests. Each of the teams was then paired with an NTXAD dealer-member to mentor the students and prepare them for the competition.

The schools and their dealer mentors were:


Azle High SchoolJames Wood
Birdville Center of TechnologyFive Star Ford North Richland Hills
Crowley High School Frank Kent Cadillac
Dan Dipert Career Technical Center Freeman Toyota
Hollenstein Career and Technology CenterHuggins Honda
Keller Center for Advanced Learning Moritz Kia Alliance
Lewisville Career Center EastGrubbs Infiniti
Weatherford High SchoolSouthWest Ford

Fort Worth Mayor Pro-Tem Dennis Shingleton was on hand to welcome the teams.

“The Mayor, City Council and Visit Fort Worth appreciate the opportunity to host the NTXAD and the great Auto Show that they have created and the vehicles that they display. Their dedication to the auto industry is a positive addition to the quality of life for our citizens via jobs, salaries and education,” Mayor Pro-Tem Shingleton said.

“The students who competed in the auto diagnostic and repair competition were excited, focused and raring to go. This competition emphasized the educational value of technical curricula within our city and affirms the qualifications of our labor pool within the city. I am hopeful that this competition will grow in very short order to include many of the 14 contiguous school districts within Fort Worth and the many high schools within those districts.”

The day began with a continental breakfast for all contest participants. The students then began Phase 1 of the competition, which consisted of four Workstations: Precision Measuring, Safety & Environmental, Technical Information Retrieval and Interview. Following lunch, Phase 2 began with the On Vehicle Inspection & Repair. Each team had an allotted amount of time in which to interpret, diagnose and repair a number of preassigned problems on the vehicle, based on the repair order for that vehicle. Scores were then tallied for both Phases.

Stephen Gilchrist, 2019 Fort Worth Auto Show chairman, assisted in announcing the winners and presenting the prizes to all students and instructors.

First place went to Suleiman Khan and Liam McClelland with Keller Center for Advanced Learning (dealer mentor was Moritz Kia Alliance). The second-place team was Evan Adamson and Richard Lundsgaard with Lewisville Career Center East (dealer mentor was Grubbs Infiniti), and the third-place team was Matthew Dages and Lane Freach with Birdville Center of Technology (dealer mentor was Five Star Ford North Richland Hills). 

“The Carroll Shelby Foundation and Snap-on really stepped up to the plate to make sure that all the hard work of the students was acknowledged. In addition, Audi, Ford, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota provided gifts for all participating students and instructors, and ASE provided complimentary registration for the ASE Conference in 2020 for each instructor. The students and instructors certainly went home with a lot of great swag,” Gilchrist said.

Each student on the first-place team received a financial award to support post-secondary automotive technology education at Tarrant County College or one of the three DCCCD programs offered by Brookhaven, Cedar Valley or Eastfield College, which was generously provided by The Carroll Shelby Foundation. In addition, Snap-on donated prizes to each first-place team student (Automotive Tool Set with Tool Storage valued at $3,000), each second-place team student (Automotive Tool Set with Tool Storage valued at $2,000) and each third-place team student (Power Tools Kit valued at $1,000).

“This event could not have happened without the support of everyone in this room,” Gilchrist said. “Schools, dealers, manufacturers, sponsors and local community colleges. Everyone had a hand in making this first-ever event successful. The need for qualified auto technicians is extremely important to our dealerships. This Auto Tech Competition is just the first step in getting schools and dealerships to work together to assist with this need. Thank you to everyone who participated.”

First-Place Team from Keller Center for Advanced Learning
Second-Place Team from Lewisville Career Center East
Third-Place Team from Birdville Center of Technology
Fort Worth Mayor Pro-Tem Dennis Shingleton welcomed everyone to the event.
Students were individually interviewed to test them on their communication skills.
Students were tasked with diagnosing and repairing “bugs” on their vehicles.