Youth Development
AutoTech Competitions


Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition

Originally named the WNY High School Automotive Technology Competition, this contest was first held in 1995.  This is a unique event geared toward encouraging the region's most talented high school automotive students to showcase their skills and train for a career as an automobile technician.  This competition is designed to measure the technical/diagnostic abilities of the contestants, as well as their academic preparation.

The competition is organized by the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association (NFADA), hosted by Erie Community College Vehicle Technology Training Center (ECC-VTTC) in Orchard Park, NY and supported by local dealerships, educational institutions, and local businesses.  It is open to 12th grade automotive students from all 7 Western New York counties.  This competition is the #1 source for bringing students, parents and educators together and getting them excited and informed about automotive education and the many career opportunities available to them right here in WNY.

Regional competitions like this are arranged by dealer associations around the nation at auto shows and other sites.  The winners of these regional contests, along with their high school instructor receive an all expense paid trip to New York City to compete in the nationals at the National Automotive Technology Competition.

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