Local Students Compete in Auto Tech Challenge

local students compete in auto tech challenge
Ben Barber Innovation Academy auto tech students

Auto tech students from Ben Barber innovation Academy in Mansfield and Dubiski Career HS in Grand Prairie participated in Universal Technical Institute Dallas/Fort Worth’s Top Tech Challenge April 9. The competition, held at the UTI Dallas/Fort Worth Campus in Irving, draws approximately 50 teams from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

Teams compete in both written tests and hands-on competitions in several disciplines. They include parts identification, brake problems, climate control, electrical problems and a written, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) test. A panel of UTI-Dallas/Fort Worth instructors will serve as judges. Winners will receive tuition grants and other prizes.

Competition Awards

First Place Team receives $10,000 UTI tuition grant for each team member; plus Snap-on tool chest and tool set for the high school ($2,365 value). Second Place Team: $7,500 UTI tuition grant for each team member, and Snap-on tool set for the high school ($1,695 value). Third Place Team: $5,000 UTI tuition grant for each team member, and Snap-on tool set for the high school ($1,379 value). Teams in fourth through tenth place: $1,000 UTI tuition grant for each team member.

The UTI Dallas/Fort Worth Campus appreciates the collaboration with Snap-on Incorporated and for sponsoring prizes for this unique experience, giving participants a platform to meet other students and participate in this great event.

UTI auto tech
UTI auto tech competition

The competition was held at the UTI Dallas/Fort Worth campus located at 5151 Regent Boulevard in Irving. COVID-19 protocols were observed. This event is just one activity the UTI Dallas/Fort Worth campus has planned for 2022. For more information about the school’s training programs or to schedule a tour, please visit uti.edu/locations/texas/dallas-fort-worth.

More April Events at UTI

Future Tech Night provides prospective automotive repair and maintenance students an opportunity to find out more about careers in the automotive industry by visiting a dealership. There will be two separate events, April 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Park Place Mercedes-Benz of Fort Worth and April 21 96:30-8 p.m. at Mercedes Benz of Plano. These events provide prospective students an opportunity to learn about career paths in the automotive industry. . The Women in STEM Skilled Trade Conference, held in partnership with IGNITE Worldwide, is an opportunity for high school girls to learn more about careers in STEM. Students also have the chance to tour these state-of-the-art dealerships.

For high school girls interested in learning more about careers in STEM, the UTI Dallas/Fort Worth Campus will also host “The Women in STEM Skilled Trade Conference” in partnership with IGNITE Worldwide Aril 29, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A first-of-its-kind initiative, this event is designed to raise awareness, showcase advancement opportunities, and change perceptions of women in the skilled trade industries. Attendees will hear from a panel of STEM career role models, tour the campus, and engage in project-based learning activities. The event will be held at the UTI Dallas/Fort Worth Campus, 5151 Regent Blvd. in Irving. To learn more and to register, visit their Events page. High school girls are invited to apply for grants offered by IGNITE Worldwide and UTI.

Universal Technical Institute

Founded in 1965 and headquartered in Phoenix, Universal Technical Institute’s (NYSE: UTI) mission is to serve our students, partners, and communities by providing quality education and support services for in-demand careers. More than 250,000 students have graduated from one of UTI’s 14 campuses located across Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Texas. UTI’s campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), while its employer-aligned technical training programs are offered under four brands: Universal Technical Institute, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute / Marine Mechanics Institute, NASCAR Technical Institute, and MIAT College of Technology.

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