Hunterdon County Polytech automotive expertise college students Ethan Walker and Christopher Colasurdo, each of Milford, entered the Better Lehigh Valley Auto Sellers Affiliation’s (GLVADA) annual Auto-Tech Competitors for prime schoolers as the one juniors; they drove away as champions.
In keeping with the district, “the keys to their success: a extremely targeted curriculum, a educated teacher and a classroom house resembling a real-world store – all courtesy of Hunterdon County Polytech Profession & Technical Excessive College.” In addition they benefited from a neighborhood vendor, Fred Beans — who allowed them to borrow a automobile on which to observe — and the scholars’ “innate drive that pushed them to place within the additional time getting ready.”
Held on Feb. 12 at Northampton Neighborhood Faculty, the GLVADA Auto-Tech Competitors introduced 4 groups collectively from space vocational-technical colleges to compete towards each other in a collection of technical challenges.
“Our college students had been the one juniors competing towards seniors, and we had been the one New Jersey college,” stated automotive expertise teacher Chris Scheuerman.
“At the same time as the one juniors, we had been actually assured as a result of we started the competitors with brake measurement, and we try this on a regular basis at school,” added Walker. “Doing that first took all of the nerves away. It was sort of cool. We had been actually ready.”
The annual competitors had groups working collectively at 4 totally different stations to seek out bugs and technical deficiencies of their particular automobile. Areas to be examined by the scholar groups included engine measurement, brake measurement, primary electrical, waveform interpretation, electrical wiring restore, engine efficiency, info retrieval and extra.
Fred Beans Toyota of Flemington supplied Walker and Colasurdo with a Toyota Corolla to make use of within the competitors and to observe on main as much as the occasion.
“We’ve an excellent working relationship with native dealerships, and it means so much,” stated Scheuerman. “The scholars are given a chance to get their palms on a brand new automobile, diagnose and study new expertise. This program wouldn’t be capable to run the way in which it does if we didn’t have the dealerships’ assist.”
“A whole lot of companies have a tough time even protecting worker coaching updated,” stated Scheuerman. “However I’ve been afforded the chance to coach college students with the most recent expertise due to our partnerships with native sellers.”
GLVADA’s auto-tech competitors was break up into two components. First, the scholars got quarter-hour at every station to determine electrical system errors. Second, they’d the on-car activity with a chosen hour and a half to finish it.
College students needed to uncover each downside of their car and repair it.
Walker defined some deficiencies included an engine that wouldn’t begin, lights out, a damaged horn and a tough idle with irregular tire stress ranges.
“Mr. Scheuerman over-prepared us so something we noticed, we knew precisely what it was,” stated Colasurdo. “Even when they gave us one thing we weren’t positive about, Mr. Scheuerman taught us how to consider an issue and get by it on our personal. Further preparation after college was actually useful as a result of he wouldn’t simply train it – he would train it after which convey us into the store and present us.”
The 2 juniors additionally credit score their teamwork for incomes them a win.
“We had an entire worksheet and we break up up the work,” stated Walker. “If you work on it collectively, you don’t at all times want two folks engaged on the identical factor; it simply wastes time. Our technique labored very well for us as a result of we accomplished it in 50 minutes whereas everybody else was working up till the time was out.”
With one yr left at Polytech, each Walker and Colasurdo are buckled up and prepared for the longer term.
“After commencement, I’m excited about pursuing Toyota college,” stated Colasurdo. “Finally, I’d prefer to work on hybrid and electrical autos as a result of I feel that’s going to explode within the subsequent couple of years.”
“I’d prefer to go to a tech college and go into diesel,” stated Walker. “My uncle works in oil, gasoline and energy technology and travels in every single place to sort things. So, I’d love to do one thing like that. He’s been a giant a part of that purpose as a result of I do know I’ll have him to mentor me.”
As winners of the GLVADA competitors, Walker and Colasurdo had been awarded a first-place trophy, two ratcheting wrench units and recognition on a Route 22 billboard in Pennsylvania. In addition they had been granted full scholarships to the Common Technical Institute with campuses in Exton, Pa. and Bloomfield, N.J.
GLVADA, a nonprofit affiliation of greater than 40 native dealerships, advantages the native economic system by encouraging automobile consumers to buy within the larger Lehigh Valley, spurring job creation, enterprise development and elevated municipal income. GLVADA contributes 50 % of its annual proceeds to nonprofit organizations and funds auto tech scholarships for space college students.