TROUBLESHOOTERS — Chad Hoggan and Tanner Dyer recently competed in the state finals for Student Auto Skills in Helena and placed seventh. Photo courtesy of Conrad High School
Tanner Dyer and Chad Hoggan recently competed in the Ford ‑ AAA Student Auto Skills State Troubleshooting Finals held in Helena at the Helena College of Technology.
Both students are graduating seniors in the Automotive Repair program at CHS under the direction of instructor Jim Carroll.
To qualify for the state finals, students had to first excel in a local written and hands‑on test. From there, they took the state written exam. Only 10 teams statewide, consisting of two students each, qualified for the hands-on finals. The contest is open to AA, A, B, and C level schools across the state.
In the state hands‑on finals, each team had 1-1/2 hours to correctly diagnose and repair identically “bugged” 2012 Ford Fusion vehicles.
Each team had to diagnose why the vehicle would not start, work with the computer system, repair it to good running condition, and fix various other electrical and service complaints. Hands-on scores and written scores were tabulated together for final team placing.
The winning team was from Havre High School. For their efforts, they and their instructor earned an all‑expense paid trip to Dearborn, Michigan to compete in the national finals to be held in June.
Final placings were as follows: 1. Havre High School, 2. Bozeman High School, 3. Flathead High School, Kalispell, 4. Billings Career Center; team 1, 5. Helena Capitol High School, 6. Paris Gibson Learning Center, Great Falls, 7).Conrad High School, 8. Butte High School, 9. Billings Career Center; team 2, 10. CMR High School, Great Falls.
All students participating earned various awards through the contest sponsors.
The contest is sponsored yearly by the Montana Ford Dealers Association, AAA of Montana, and the Helena College of Technology.
Courtesy Ford, along with their service department, also helped the troubleshooting team by making a practice car available and spending time in preparation for the contest.