Next Generation of Auto Industry Talent Compete at 20th Annual Technology Automotive Competitionn
In the lead up to the Canadian International Auto Show, students from GTA high schools participate in annual automotive technology competition
TORONTO, ON - February 13, 2019 - Today, automotive technology students competed in the 20th annual Toronto Automotive Technology Competition. The competition was presented by Centennial College and the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA), in partnership with Auto Career Start, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre just days before the kick off of the Canadian International Auto Show.
"It is important for us to showcase that there are a variety of long-term career opportunities available in the auto sector across Canada – that’s part of the reason why we launched Auto Career Start last June,” said Astrid Mauger, Marketing Specialist for the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA). “Whether you are looking for a career as a technician, in sales, finance, IT, or marketing, auto dealerships are a great place to look for stable, well-paying jobs,” said Mauger.
Findings of a national Abacus Data survey of 2,000 Millennials conducted from 2017 to 2018 indicate that this age group (18 to 37 years) have largely not considered jobs at auto dealerships. “We are working to connect with students across Canada, and at this competition, we connected with some of Ontario’s incoming talent to make sure they are educated on the myriad of career options available to them,” said Mauger.
The competition tests analytical skills and knowledge in electrical, suspension and brakes, engine mechanical, waveform analysis and most impressively, a virtual Engine Management Simulator. The competing students will have 120 minutes to go through five working stations to repair purposefully faulty operating systems.
The judges who score the contest are Centennial College Staff & Faculty in the School of Transportation and will be responsible for managing the competition area. They will be basing their decisions on the student’s ability to find and fix each fault set, reviewing the Repair Order (RO) and the identification of the Condition-Cause-Correction (3-Cs) in order to evaluate each team’s performance.
“"Watching young high-school students methodically probe the high-tech components of today's vehicles to solve a technical fault is a fascinating spectator sport," said Ann Buller, president and CEO of Centennial College. "These students' skillful attention to detail will make any parent, teacher or future employer proud."
The 2017-2018 Abacus survey also told us that men are more likely to say they would consider working at an automobile dealership than women (31% vs 19%). “We hope that this competition presents a space for young women to feel included and empowered to take part in this industry,” said Susan Gubasta, President of TADA.
In Ontario and across the country, Auto Career Start hopes to help actively engage the incoming workforce to ensure the auto industry thrives in Canada. “There are positions waiting to be filled by this next generation of talent, and Auto Career Start helps connect job seekers to available careers in the automotive industry in their area,” said Mauger.
The winners of the competition will be announced following the competition on February 13th. The winning team will go on to compete for a chance to represent its school and TADA, at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City this April.
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