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May 4, 2015

Tri-Tech students earn first place in state Ford/AAA competition

Two Tri-Tech Skills Center students were honored as Washington’s top high school automotive technicians after winning the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills state finals on April 28, 2015. Daniel Doyle and Austin Bailey each earned more than $24,000 in scholarships and will advance to represent Washington state in the national finals at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, June 7-9.

Doyle and Bailey raced to diagnose and repair intentionally installed “bugs” in a 2015 Ford Fiesta vehicle, earning first place among the 10 competing teams. The top 10 schools that scored highest on the online exam, taken earlier this year, qualified to participate in the hands-on competition which took place at Renton Technical College. Each two-person team was judged on speed, accuracy and workmanship.  

“As the automotive industry continues to advance, there’s an increased need for qualified automotive professionals in the marketplace” said John Milbrath, AAA Washington’s VP of Member Services. “This program offers a great opportunity to expose students to exciting opportunities and careers within the automotive industry. AAA is thrilled to partner in this program as the scholarships provide a jumpstart to higher education for these young individuals.”

Doyle, Bailey and automotive instructor, Larry Brookes, also took home a AAA membership, tools and a trophy, and will compete alongside teams from all 50 states for additional scholarships and prizes. All of the students that competed in yesterday’s state finals received scholarships.

PHOTO: (left to right) John Milbrath, AAA Vice President of Member Services; Austin Bailey; Larry Brooks, instructor; Daniel Doyle; Troy Kimmerle, Ford Motor Company.