Best high school auto techs compete in hands-on car repair competition May 7 At MATC’s Mequon Campus

Top student auto repair technicians from 10 Wisconsin high schools will compete Wednesday, May 7, in a contest at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Mequon Campus, 5555 W. Highland Road.

Teams of two seniors or juniors will race the clock to fix problems planted in Ford Motor Company vehicles.

Hertz Rental Corporation is supplying 10 2014 Ford Fiestas bugged with identical defects.

The 90-minute event starts at 10 a.m. in Lot 7 (south grounds).

This competition caps the state finals in the 21st annual Auto Skills Challenge, sponsored by Ford and the American Automobile Association.

Teams earn points for the speed and quality of their work.

Finalists were selected based on a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction exam.

Test scores and hands on performance determine the winners.

Winners are offered a scholarship from Ford to attend the Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Service Educational Training) Program at MATC’s Mequon campus.

The ASSET Program, offered by MATC in partnership with Ford and Ford-Lincoln-Mercury dealerships, leads to a two-year associate degree in automotive service technology.

Members of the winning team and their instructor also will receive a free trip to the national finals in Dearborn, Mich., in June.

This year’s state finalists represent the following high schools: Arrowhead (Hartland), Badger (Lake Geneva), Ft. Atkinson, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau (Galesville), Grafton, Madison Memorial, McFarland, Oregon, Portage Senior and Union Grove.

For more information, call Bob Schultz at (262) 238- 2449, or Barb Pinkowsky, (262) 238-2224.

Wisconsin’s largest technical college and the most diverse two-year institution in the Midwest, Milwaukee Area Technical College is a key driver of southeastern Wisconsin’s economy and has provided innovative education in the region since 1912.

Approximately 50,000 students per year attend the college’s four campuses and community-based sites or learn online. MATC offers affordable and accessible education and training opportunities that empower and transform lives in the community.

The college offers 200 academic programs; nearly 400 transfer options leading to bachelor’s degrees; and Pre-College Education, which assists people with completing high school, preparing for college or entering the workforce.

Overwhelmingly, MATC graduates build careers and businesses in southeastern Wisconsin.

The college is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, the national standard for academics and student services.