The first Auto Tech Competition at the 2019 Fort Worth Auto Show brought together eight local high schools, NTXAD dealer-members, manufacturers, community colleges and other automotive industry professionals.

All participating students receive serious swag from sponsors and participating manufacturers.


Coming December 4, 2021 


There currently is a need for 76,000 trained automotive technicians nationwide in dealerships, with many of these job openings in our own North Texas backyard. Experienced, well-trained technicians will always be in demand and able to earn top dollar, however achieving the highest level of expertise is a process. With this in mind, the North Texas Automobile Dealers (NTXAD) joined forces with educators, state and local government, and local dealerships to train, certify and employ students to work in the auto industry in North Texas.

Held against the backdrop of the Dallas Auto Show, the Auto Tech Competition gives high school seniors a high-profile stage to demonstrate their skills. The Auto Tech Competition is a test of skill, a measure of knowledge, and a race against the clock – all rolled into one. It features North Texas’ best high school automotive education students from across the country competing for top honors, scholarships and other prizes.

Teams are comprised of two students each and are selected based on preliminary ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification tests in Maintenance & Light Repair, Steering & Suspension, Brakes and Electrical. The final teams are then paired with NTXAD new-car franchised dealerships to act as mentors and help train them for the competition.

2020 Dallas Auto Show Auto Tech Competition Participating Schools and Dealership Mentors

Corsicana High SchoolStewart Toyota
Creekview High SchoolLonestar Toyota of Lewisville
Dubiski Career High SchoolSewell Cadillac Grapevine
HEB Buinger CTE AcademyClassic Chevrolet
James A. Ratteree Career Development CenterToyota of Irving
Plano East Senior High SchoolFive Star Ford Dallas
Plano Senior High SchoolEwing Subaru of Plano
Richardson High SchoolCourtesy Nissan
R.L. Turner High SchoolFive Star Ford Carrollton
South Garland High SchoolTrophy Nissan
Terrell High SchoolPlatinum Chevrolet
Waxahachie High SchoolWaxahachie Autoplex
WH Adamson High SchoolAudi Dallas
Wilmer-Hutchins High SchoolDon Herring Mitsubishi South


The Auto Tech Competition is held in two Phases on one day at the Auto Show.

Phase I: Workstations Challenge

Contestants are tested on their knowledge of tools, measuring instruments, specific vehicle components and job interview skills at four to six Workstations. The Workstations Challenge accounts for 40 percent of the total team score. 

Phase II: On-Vehicle Challenge

Each team has an allotted amount of time in which to interpret, diagnose and repair a number of pre-assigned problems on the vehicle, based on the repair order for that vehicle. Each correctly repaired “bug” is worth a set number of points depending on the level of difficulty. The On-Vehicle Challenge accounts for 60 percent of the total team score.

Dallas Auto Show Auto Tech Competition

Each team is tasked with interpreting, diagnosing and repairing a number ‘bugs’ on their vehicles.

Students on the winning teams walk away with tool kits courtesy of Snap-on.


The prize for each student on the first-place team is a financial award to support post-secondary automotive technology education at one of the three DCCCD programs (Brookhaven, Cedar Valley or Eastfield College), Collin College or Tarrant County College, generously provided by The Carroll Shelby Foundation. Each student on the first-, second- and third place teams receives tool sets from Snap-on, valued at $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. All students receive swag bags from participating manufacturers. Each instructor receives complimentary registration to the summer ASE Conference in Frisco, valued at $500.


Carroll Shelby Foundation – Financial award to support post-secondary automotive technology education at a local community college for each student on the first-place team.

Snap-on – Tool sets for each student on the first- second- and third-place teams valued at $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively.

Sewell – Breakfast

Audi – Lunch

DFW Acura Dealers – Workstations






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