Automotive and Related Technologies

Ford AAA Competition

What is the Ford/AAA Competition?

The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition is co-sponsored by AAA and the Ford Motor Company. The competition is designed to encourage talented young people to pursue careers as automotive service technicians. AAA and Ford are wholeheartedly committed to this program as an investment in the future training of our young people, which will, in turn, provide improved automotive service for AAA members, Ford Motor Company customers and all motorists. 

What are the different parts of the competition?

Written Competition
Instructors may choose up to 10 students to take the written test. The best two individual scores combined to become the team score and the highest 10 team scores will compete in the hands-on competition. The written test score accounts for 40% of their state finals score.

Hands-on Competition
In the "hands-on" competition, 10 new Ford Motor Company vehicles provided by Hertz Rental Cars are uniformly "bugged" so that each team has identical malfunctions to diagnose and repair. The competition requires repairs to be made with the highest quality workmanship in the lowest total time.  The contestant teams race against each other and the clock in the 90 minute hands-on event.

National Finals
The winning two-person team from each state and their instructor are provided expense-paid trips to the national finals held at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan each June.

Awards and Prizes

Awards and recognition start with local competitions. Students, instructors, and schools win trophies, jackets, certificates, shop manuals, trips, tools and automotive equipment for their schools.