Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Automotive Technology students, Michael Steinmetz, a senior at Hatboro-Horsham High School, and Sean Hagerty a senior at Upper Dublin High School, received second place in the Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI) fourth annual Top Tech Challenge on January 30, earning them both 75 percent scholarships to UTI. In addition, they received a custom trophy to be displayed at EASTERN and $1,500 in Snap-On Tools gift certificates for their Automotive Technology program. Prior to this, Michael and Sean also received a 25 percent scholarship for earning a spot to compete in the Automotive Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia High School Auto Tech Competition, so now each student has a full scholarship to UTI.
The Top Tech Challenge consists of teams of automotive students diagnosing auto problems in an attempt to win scholarships and tools and gives students a chance to compete in real-world settings that they would experience on the job.
Hundreds of high school students from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and New York participated in the hands-on technology competition at UTI at its Exton campus. In addition to Michael and Sean from EASTERN, students from other Montgomery and Bucks County schools participated, including Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, Western Center for Technical Studies, Bucks County Career and Technical School, and Central Montco Technical High School.
“I am extremely proud of Michael and Sean,” said George Stahl, EASTERN’s Automotive Technology Instructor. “They both have such great attitudes and uncompromising work ethics. As their instructor, it has been an honor to watch them progress into class leaders and future automotive professionals.”
Automotive Technology at EASTERN is designed for the student who is serious about working in the automotive industry. Career objectives for this program include Automotive Technician Trainee, Under Car Specialist, and New Car Preparation Technician. Check out our program video at www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/aut/.