Tri-Tech Skills Center Earns First Place in Washington State Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition State Finals

Two Tri-Tech Skills Center students were honored as Washington’s top high school auto technicians after winning the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills state finals on May 6th. Tucker Cannon and Roman Zolotnyuk each earned more than $40,000 in scholarships and will advance to represent Washington state in the national finals at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, June 9-11.

Cannon and Zolotnyuk raced to diagnose and repair intentionally installed “bugs” in 2014 Ford Fiestas vehicles, earning first place among the 10 competing teams. The top ten schools that scored highest on the online exam, taken earlier this year, qualified to participate in the hands-on competition which took place at Renton Technical College. Each two-person team was judged on speed, accuracy and workmanship.

“As the automotive industry continues to advance, there’s an increased need for qualified automotive professionals in the marketplace” said John Milbrath, AAA Washington’s VP of Member Services. “This program is a great opportunity to expose students to exciting opportunities and careers within the automotive industry. AAA is thrilled to partner in this program as the scholarships provide a jumpstart to higher education for these young individuals.”

Cannon and Zolotnyuk, and automotive instructor Larry Brookes, will compete alongside teams from all 50 states for additional scholarships and prizes.