Hunterdon Polytech juniors gain gold at car-tech opposition

Automotive technology college students Ethan Walker and Christopher Colasurdo, both equally of Milford, entered the Higher Lehigh Valley Auto Sellers Association’s (GLVADA) annual Auto-Tech Levels of competition for large schoolers as the only juniors they drove away as champions.
The keys to their accomplishment: a highly focused curriculum, a well-informed instructor and a classroom place resembling a serious-globe shop – all courtesy of Hunterdon County Polytech Occupation & Technological Higher Faculty. They also benefited from a neighborhood seller, Fred Beans, who lent a motor vehicle for them to observe on and their innate drive that pushed them to put in the excess time making ready.
Held on Feb. 12 at Northampton Neighborhood School, the GLVADA Car-Tech Level of competition introduced four teams together from space vocational-complex colleges to compete towards a person yet another in a series of technical difficulties.
“Our learners have been the only juniors competing versus seniors, and we were the only New Jersey school,” mentioned automotive technological know-how teacher Chris Scheuerman.
“Even as the only juniors, we had been actually self-assured simply because we commenced the competition with brake measurement, and we do that all the time in class,” extra Walker. “Doing that 1st took all the nerves absent. It was kind of cool. We have been definitely prepared.”
The yearly competitiveness experienced groups operating jointly at 4 various stations to discover bugs and technical deficiencies in their certain car. Spots to be examined by the pupil teams incorporated motor measurement, brake measurement, essential electrical, waveform interpretation, electrical wiring mend, engine functionality, information retrieval and extra.
Fred Beans Toyota of Flemington lent Polytech’s automotive technological innovation application a Toyota Corolla for Walker and Colasurdo to use in the competitors and to follow on main up to the function.
GLVADA’s car-tech opposition was break up into two pieces. To start with, the learners have been specified 15 minutes at every single station to determine out electrical process errors. Next, they had the on-car process with a specified hour and a 50 percent to entire it.
Learners just (or not so basically) experienced to uncover every single challenge in their car and take care of it.

Walker stated some deficiencies involved an engine that wouldn’t commence, lights out, a broken horn and a tough idle with abnormal tire pressure levels.

“Mr. Scheuerman more than-prepared us so something we observed, we understood just what it was,” reported Colasurdo. “Even if they gave us some thing we weren’t guaranteed about, Mr. Scheuerman taught us how to think about a challenge and get by way of it on our own. Additional preparing following faculty was really practical because he wouldn’t just teach it – he would train it and then carry us into the shop and clearly show us.”

In addition to Scheuerman’s educating design and style and curriculum, the two juniors credit score their extraordinary teamwork for earning them a earn.

“We had a whole worksheet and we break up up the perform,” explained Walker. “When you work on it

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Hunterdon County Polytech juniors change into large equipment, get gold at automobile-tech level of competition

Hunterdon County Polytech automotive technological innovation college students Ethan Walker and Christopher Colasurdo, both of Milford, entered the Increased Lehigh Valley Automobile Dealers Association’s (GLVADA) annual Automobile-Tech Level of competition for large schoolers as the only juniors they drove absent as champions.

According to the district, “the keys to their accomplishment: a very focused curriculum, a experienced instructor and a classroom room resembling a real-world shop – all courtesy of Hunterdon County Polytech Occupation & Technological Significant University.” They also benefited from a nearby supplier, Fred Beans — who authorized them to borrow a vehicle on which to practice — and the students’ “innate push that pushed them to set in the added time preparing.”

Held on Feb. 12 at Northampton Community Faculty, the GLVADA Car-Tech Levels of competition brought four teams with each other from place vocational-complex educational facilities to compete in opposition to one particular one more in a sequence of technological troubles.

“Our learners were the only juniors competing against seniors, and we had been the only New Jersey school,” claimed automotive technological know-how instructor Chris Scheuerman.

“Even as the only juniors, we were seriously self-assured since we commenced the opposition with brake measurement, and we do that all the time in course,” extra Walker. “Doing that initial took all the nerves absent. It was form of cool. We were seriously well prepared.”

The annual competitors experienced teams doing work jointly at four distinctive stations to locate bugs and technical deficiencies in their specific motor vehicle. Locations to be examined by the scholar teams involved engine measurement, brake measurement, primary electrical, waveform interpretation, electrical wiring repair, engine general performance, information retrieval and far more.

Fred Beans Toyota of Flemington presented Walker and Colasurdo with a Toyota Corolla to use in the competitiveness and to observe on primary up to the event.

“We have a incredibly great doing work marriage with nearby dealerships, and it means a good deal,” explained Scheuerman. “The students are provided an prospect to get their fingers on a new vehicle, diagnose and find out about new engineering. This method would not be ready to run the way it does if we didn’t have the dealerships’ support.”

“A great deal of firms have a difficult time even preserving worker coaching up to date,” said Scheuerman. “But I have been afforded the possibility to practice students with the newest engineering thanks to our partnerships with nearby sellers.”

GLVADA’s auto-tech level of competition was split into two components. First, the pupils ended up given 15 minutes at each station to figure out electrical technique faults. Next, they experienced the on-car or truck undertaking with a specified hour and a fifty percent to total it.

Students experienced to explore every single dilemma in their auto and fix it.

Walker stated some deficiencies provided an engine that wouldn’t get started, lights out, a damaged horn and a rough idle with irregular tire pressure degrees.

“Mr. Scheuerman more than-prepared us so everything we noticed, we knew just what it

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U.S. Green Building Council Designates LEED Gold Award For SFCC’s Automotive Technologies Center

SFCC Automotive Technologies Center exterior. Courtesy/Enterprise Builders

SFCC Automotive Technologies Center vehicle lifts. Courtesy/Enterprise Builders

SFCC News:

SANTA FE — Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) announces that the U.S. Green Building Council has certified the college’s Automotive Technologies Center at the Gold Level under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for New Construction rating system. The building earned 66 documented and approved points.

“SFCC is proud to have achieved LEED Gold for the Automotive Technology Center,” SFCC President Dr.  Becky Rowley said. “Our students, faculty and staff have an amazing building with state-of-the-art technology classrooms and labs that will prepare our students for well-paid professional opportunities in automotive technologies. The Center furthers the college’s commitment to sustainability and energy conservation.”

SFCC’s ATC supports students with the latest in computerized diagnostic equipment and electric vehicle maintenance capabilities. The 17,500 square foot building is equipped with classrooms and spaces that emulate the automotive customer service experience of an auto dealership including parts management, inventory control, quick repairs, and beginning to end of work ticketing system.

Educational spaces include a large shop space with lifts, three specialized labs: chassis/suspension, electric and EV/hybrid engine/power train, a computer/trainer classroom, offices, and support spaces.

The Flex Lab, located off the main entry plaza, doubles as a car showroom for events and is designed to be shared with other SFCC programs. The entry/corridor features a gallery sponsored by the Santa Fe Concorso that houses automotive photographs and memorabilia. Outside, there are four Electrical Vehicle Charging stations, an entry plaza, picnic tables, visitor parking, and fenced storage for program cars. The center replaces the previous 2,000 square foot leased garage space that was quite a distance from the main campus.

Director of Automotive Technologies Julia Furry said, “We’re thrilled that our new building has achieved the LEED Gold designation. It’s fitting that the ATC will be training students to repair and maintain EV/hybrid vehicles in this space. Also, anyone can use the Chargepoint EV charging stations in front of the building (which can be found by drivers using the mobile app available at Our students are loving taking classes in this new, spectacular, high-tech space.”

The building was not only designed to meet LEED Gold certification standards, but also to meet ASE (Automotive Service Excellence requirements). 

There is a shortage of trained automotive technicians in Santa Fe and surrounding areas. The ATC responds to this industry need. The Automotive Technologies Program is designed to provide students with entry-level employment as automotive technicians. By the time students complete the program, they will earn an A.A.S in Automotive Technologies along with earning certificates in seven competency areas: Automotive Engine Repair, Auto Maintenance and Light Truck Repair, Automatic Transmission Transaxle, Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning, Brakes, Manual Transmission and Drive Train, and Steering and Suspension. SFCC offers a range of classes that prepare students to work on today’s advanced vehicle systems. The program provides students with the background and knowledge to earn Automotive Service Excellence certifications. 


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