LYNDON CENTER -- Lyndon Institute automotive students Kristian Switser and Levi Burrington, with their instructor Dan Camber, competed in the 2014 Maine-New Hampshire-Vermont Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Hands-On State Championships on May 3 in Epping, N.H.
As part of the competition, Kristian and Levi had 90 minutes to diagnose and repair a 2014 Ford Fiesta. The competition challenged each team to diagnose mechanical faults on a Ford Fiesta and correct them within a specific period of time. Some of the issues were pre-identified and others were a mystery. Prior to the competition, the team was able to practice on a Ford Fiesta that was borrowed from Twin State Ford in St. Johnsbury.
The LI team finished ninth out of the Vermont teams. According to Camber, only seven of the 30 cars were able to drive away. Kristian and Levi were able to get their car started in the first 10 minutes, something that most of the other teams were unable to do, but ran out of time to replace bad bulbs and other small issues. Camber still classifies the event as a success and a great learning experience.
"The students were able to gain "real-world experience" in automotive technical troubleshooting, knowledge of repair orders, and practice with diagnostics using scanning tools, computers and online research," said Camber.
The students also received complimentary tools and prizes donated by sponsors of the event.