Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) announced that the winners of this year's SkillsUSA Championships in Collision Repair Technology and their instructors will attend the event as featured guests at the ASRW Awards ceremony and Opening General Session.
The winners and their instructors will be recognized at the Opening General Session Thursday, Oct. 11, as well as the ASRW Awards event Friday, Oct. 12, held off-site at the National WWII Museum. Tickets for each event are $25 ($35 after Aug. 16).
"The SkillsUSA winners represent the next generation of collision repairers, and we consider it a great honor to be able to recognize their outstanding work among the industry at ASRW. We are thrilled to welcome the SkillsUSA gold medal winners and instructors back to the show," said Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive.
The SkillsUSA Collision Repair Technology Committee requires students to go through a series of workstations to assess skills in the following areas: metalwork, welding, plastic repair and structural analysis. The overall appearance of the finished product, speed and proper safety practices are judged. There are written tests on estimating, structural analysis and an ASE exam. The students are also interviewed by the judges. Seventy-two competed in the Collision Repair Technology Contest at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City.