Seven high schools were represented at Moraine Valley Community College’s ninth annual High School Automotive Skills Competition on Feb. 5.

Teams of students from Andrew, Argo, Oak Lawn, Reavis, Richards, Shepard and Stagg high schools participated in the competition in the Moraine Valley Automotive Technology classrooms and labs. Moraine Valley hosts this yearly event for students attending district schools to test their skills and see the facilities at the college.

High school students compete at Moraine Valley Community College’s annual High School Automotive Skills Competition.

Students were tested in four areas: written exam; identification of different size fasteners and measurements of automotive components with a micrometer; electrical measurements and reading a wiring diagram; and team on-car activity to check fuses, tires and other aspects of a vehicle.

“The competition activities have been developed over the years by me and Rob Faoro [Moraine Valley coordinator of Mopar CAP Program] to help prepare these students for the Skills U.S.A. Competition and showcase what our Automotive Technology Program has to offer,” said Ira Siegel, Moraine Valley program coordinator and professor of Automotive Technology. “Participants get an opportunity to interact with our automotive faculty and manufacturer representatives from our partner organizations (Nissan/Infiniti and Stellantis – Mopar CAP), who help staff and judge the testing areas.”

Fifty-six high school students participated in the event. While scores were tabulated, students talked with manufacturer representatives about opportunities in the industry. In addition to individual results, first place went to Stagg High School, second place to Argo High School and third place to Richards High School.

The event was co-sponsored by the Moraine Area Career System and the college.


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