Students from Hunterdon County Polytech took first place honors for the second consecutive year at the 2020 New Jersey Auto Tech Competition, sponsored by the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJ CAR), at Brookdale Community College on January 18.

The top three teams included:

First Place:  Hunterdon County Polytech (Students Stephen Koehler and Geordan Marreo; Instructor Chris Scheuerman)

Second Place:  Atlantic County Institute of Technology (Students Shawn Dangler and Demetrios Lambropoulos; Instructor Curtis Silver)

Third Place:  Old Bridge High School (Students Sebastian Aguiar and Rocco Lupino; Instructor Kenneth Colavito)

The two-student teams received marks based on their performance at eight hands-on stations: brakes, engine mechanical, engine performance, controller area network (CAN) diagnostics, heating and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical, wiring repair and a STEM station. Faculty and technicians from Brookdale served as judges for the competition.

The Hunterdon County Polytech team will represent New Jersey at the National Automotive Technology Competition taking place in April 2020 as part of the New York Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center.

Brookdale’s auto technician program provides students with an associate’s degree and path toward an excellent career in the automotive repair industry, at a fraction of the cost and with less incurred debt for students compared to private, for-profit providers.

NJ CAR offers an Automotive Technician Apprenticeship Program that promotes the benefits of a career as a skill auto technician and provides both classroom and on-the-job training at a growing number of New Jersey neighborhood new car and truck dealerships.

Photo Caption: Hunterdon Couunty Polytech students Stephen Koehler and Geordan Marreo (second and third from left) took first place honors in the 2020 NJ Auto Tech competition.