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America's next top auto technician

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Future auto technicians used their skills to compete for scholarship money and a trip to a national competition.

High school students from across the state were teamed up into pairs to compete for a spot in Ford's national "America's Next Top Auto Technician" competition. The students had an hour and a half to work out the kinks in 2012 Ford Mustangs. Each team had to figure out what was wrong with the cars and then fix the problems. All of the vehicles were identically bugged with various diagnostic issues.

Steve Miller, the competition coordinator says, "I'd say for high school students its rather difficult, a lot of things of course are dealing with the electronics on the car and that's more of the difficult stuff to try and find and it is pretty challenging I would say."

Each student competed for prizes and a portion of $170,000 in scholarship money. The winning team will compete in the national competition in Dearborn, Michigan in June.

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