Timpview High School students Michael Dromey and Dan Jones placed third in the 2014 Utah Ford/AAA Auto Skills Contest on Thursday at the Miller Campus of Salt Lake Community College in Sandy.
Ten teams of two worked diligently to repair the issues judges had secretly created in 10 identical cars. The first team to finish repairs and have a perfect vehicle wins.
While the winning team will travel to Michigan in June to compete against teams from around the country, Domey and Jones still received a number of scholarship offers, several hundred dollars worth of tools and a nice trophy according to their coach, Rich Lamb.
Rolayne Fairclough, a spokesperson for AAA Utah, said the students present Thursday were the best in the state.
"It's something that we feel really strongly about because we want to encourage young people to consider a career as an automotive technician," Fairclough said.
Ford and AAA have put up $10 million in scholarships and prizes to be awarded to teams throughout the country, she added.
Lamb said that the contest is a very worthwhile test of a student's skills relative to the challenges they would face working in the automotive industry.
"Business is about time, how fast you can get the job done," Lamb said. "But, at the same time, you cannot be inaccurate. You've got to be accurate and fast, and this contest is the best measure of that."