Three ADEI techs are winners in Skills USA competition

Three ADEI techs are winners in Skills USA competition

Three students from WANADAês Automobile Dealer Education Institute were honored with awards from the Skills USA competition recently in Fredericksburg, Va.

ADEI is WANADAês nationally recognized dealership training arm that systematically administers an –earn while you learn” scholarship program that combines NATEF Certified classroom instruction in automotive repair fundamentals with real world experience gained while working full time in a WANADA member dealerês service department.

The winners, representing Northern Virginia dealerships, are as follows: Nelson Hernandez, Lindsay Cadillac, Alexandria, second place; Enil Espinoza, Sheehy Subaru, Springfield, third place; and Joel Ventura, Sheehy Ford, Springfield, fourth place. The students drove to the Fredericksburg Expo and Convention Center for the event accompanied by Billy Painter, WANADAês ADEI coordinator, and Erik Falk, ADEI teacher at Marshall Academy in Falls Church.

–The skills competition tested them on all areas of automotive technology, especially electrical; steering and suspension; brakes; and state inspection performance,” said Falk.

–We spend a lot of time with students beforehand to prep them in areas we know theyêll be tested in,” he said. With ADEIês help, Falk recently acquired the same type of electrical board used in the competition. The board can be configured to simulate a car for training purposes.

At the competition, students were required to demonstrate their skills at each of several test stations, such as brakes and steering/suspension. Students worked on a car at one test station. But at two other stations they were tested on electrical boards like the one they had trained on.

The weekend wasnêt all high-stress competition for the students. The group, which included some of Marshellês high school auto tech students, went down a day early so the younger students could do some recreational go-cart racing before settling in for the big contest.

The Skills USA competition was for high school and post-secondary students in automotive, culinary and other trades. The Marshall students went through many hours of prep to reach the requisite level of skill to compete, Falk said.

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