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Massachusetts Auto Tech Champions Excel Under the Hood

Uhlman & Luetkemeyer of Upton to Compete at International Auto Show – April 10, 2019

After being named the best in the Commonwealth, Blackstone Valley Tech Automotive Technology seniors Nick Uhlman and Aidan Luetkemeyer, both from Upton, MA are on their way to New York City to compete in the 2019 National Automotive Technology Competition on April 23rd and 24th.

Held against the backdrop of the New York International Auto Show, this competition brings together the nation’s best high school automotive technicians to test their skills, measure their knowledge, and challenge their ability to diagnose and repair vehicles. Designed to be relevant in the real world, this competition reflects the knowledge and skills that are in demand for success in today’s technologically advanced automotive industry.

“This nationally recognized competition is a wonderful opportunity for our students,” explains Paul Perreault, BVT’s Automotive Technology Vocational Instructor. “They get to test themselves and their abilities against the best automotive students in the country. Through hands-on training, they are confident and ready to compete in New York. I am proud to have helped them prepare.”

On the first day, the contestants are tested on their knowledge of tools, measuring instruments, specific vehicle components, and job interview skills. On the second day, each two-person team has an allotted amount of time in which to diagnose and repair a number of preassigned problems under a car’s hood. Each correctly repaired issue is worth a set number of points depending on the level of difficulty.

Nick Uhlman and Aidan Luetkemeyer, are both excited to represent BVT and the state of MA at the New York International Auto Show. “We are honored to compete for prizes, scholarships, and title of the Nation's Best Automotive Technician.”