Two Area Students Perform Well in National Automotive Competition

Two students and an adult pictured at work in the auto shop
Career and Tech faculty along with representatives from DePaula Chevrolet prepped automotive students for a national competition designed to show off students knowledge of computer diagnostics, engines, technology and more.

Two Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) automotive students performed well in the recent National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City.

While students Zachary Andrew, of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (BHBL), and Ryan Schenmeyer, of Voorheesville, didn’t earn a top 10 finish, they still learned a tremendous amount and made valuable industry contacts during the national competition, which took place during the International Car Show at the Javits Center on April 3 and 4. Their final placement among the 29 teams from across the United States who competed will be made public later this month.

Two students sit at a table during a competition
Regarded as the “Super Bowl” of car competitions, the National Automotive Technology Competition afforded two CTE students the opportunity to show off their skills, meet valuable contacts and learn from students nationwide.

“There are hundreds of thousands of automotive career and technical students in the country and we are among the top 60, so regardless of where we placed as a team, we still did well,” said Schenmeyer.

The annual competition is a chance for students to show their knowledge of automotive computer diagnostics, engines, technology and more.

“It’s the Super Bowl of car competitions,” said Andrew, who admitted he was surprised at the level of competition at the event.

In preparation for the competition, the CTE students worked with representatives from DePaula Chevrolet, as well as CTE faculty, to get a feel for specific problems they would have to solve during the competition, as well as performed tasks that were part of the national competition.

The competition is billed as “a test of skill, a measure of knowledge and a race against the clock all rolled into one. ”

“It was a great experience. We definitely learned a lot from it and we met a lot of people,” said Andrew.