Vincent Servinis and Samuel Luff, both grade 12 students from St. Brother André Catholic School in Markham, Ontario, represented the Trillium Automotive Dealers Association (TADA) at the National Automotive Technology Competition (NATC), placing 12th.
Held during the New York International Auto Show, the NATC is considered the most important competition of its kind in North America, featuring the best high school automotive education students from across the United States and Canada. At the event, US$3 million in prizes and scholarships are awarded to participating students and schools annually.
“I was excited but also very nervous to represent Canada in New York City,” said Luff. “As expected, the competition was quite fierce, testing our automotive knowledge, skill, and our ability to perform the tasks as quickly as possible. I’m very proud of how my teammate and I finished – it was an amazing experience.”
To be able to compete in New York, Servinis and Luff had to win the Toronto Automotive Technology Competition (TATC) last February against the backdrop of the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. The TATC was presented by Centennial College and TADA, in partnership with the Auto Career Start Program. There, the St. Brother André two-person team earned a better overall score than the other 24 teams present.
“Over the course of this two-day competition in New York, we had to diagnose, repair and correct vehicles that were purposely outfitted with faults and operating problems, all while racing against the clock alongside the U.S.’s best automotive students,” said Servinis. “Without a doubt, being a part of this amazing experience has confirmed my desire to become an automotive technician.”
Both Servinis and Luff said they encourage younger high school students to get involved in automotive competitions since it could lead to discovering a passion for a career in which labour is in high demand.
“We’re very proud to be supporting this competition,” said TADA president Susan Gubasta. “Not only does it present an incredible experience for Ontario students in terms of skills development and problem solving, but it is also aligned with a deep need for more qualified labour in auto dealerships across Canada.”
Both CADA and TADA have made it a priority to create awareness around the variety of long-term career possibilities available in the auto sector across Canada. Through their Auto Career Start program – under the umbrella of the popular Cars and Jobs platform – both organizations are actively connecting with students and job seekers to showcase auto dealership career opportunities related to sales, finance, IT, marketing, administration, repair and parts.
“Vincent and Samuel’s accomplishments in New York this past week demonstrate the many opportunities that exist when being at the top of your game in the automotive field,” said Astrid Mauger, marketing specialist for the CADA. “Auto dealership jobs are plentiful, rewarding and interesting, and we look forward to continuing to spread this message amongst driven and talented students such as Vincent and Samuel.”