Kate Amrol Apr 22, 2021 10 min read

2021 NHADA Auto Tech Competition

On Saturday, April 17th NHADA, with the support of Lakes Region Community College, held the annual Automotive Competition at Nucar AutoMall of Tilton, NH. Fourteen students from five different CTE schools competed for a chance to win scholarships from the NHADA Education Foundation. While this was a smaller event than the typical competition, the energy was still there.

“We were impressed with the enthusiasm that the students brought to the competition this year”, said NHADA President Pete McNamara, “NHADA is proud to create a platform where the students can showcase the skills and knowledge they have gained in their automotive programs.”

Auto Tech Comp 2021Kyle Genualdo of Salem CTE works on the Electronic Service Information station

The annual competition is a testament to the quality of education our state provides at both the high school and college level. There are programs throughout New Hampshire that can jumpstart your career as a technician which is seemingly becoming a more popular career path.


Auto Tech Comp 2021 2Kyle Ouellette of Salem CTE examines a NUCAR Kia at the Steering and Suspension station

Throughout the day students were challenged to showcase their skills at five testing stations in the service bay at Nucar AutoMall in Tilton. The competition was monitored by community college instructors and Nucar staff members. Students were tested in the following areas:


Electrical Wiring, Harness Testing and Wire Repair


Electronic Service Information


Engine Repair


Steering and Suspension


Braking Systems


The scores have been tallied and we are excited to announce the results! The top three finishers all received scholarships for their performance.


Auto Comp winner

Jacob Dubay focuses in during the competition.

Second Kyle-1

Congratulations to these students on their success! These scholarships are awarded to be used at one of the five community colleges in NH that offer automotive, heavy-duty/diesel, powersports, or collision programs.

NHADA would like to thank Shawn Hanlon and Jim Medeiros of Nucar AutoMall of Tilton for hosting the event as well as Jamie Decato of Lakes Region Community College for organizing it. The event would not be successful without the help of the following staff members and community college partners:

Forrest Powers – Lakes Region Community College

Dave Perkins – Lakes Region Community College

Bob Lott – Manchester Community College

Jason Felton – Nashua Community College

Adam Decato - Nucar AutoMall of Tilton

Troy Lachance – White Mountains Community College

Congratulations to all of the students who put on an excellent performance highlighting their skills and showing off the knowledge that they have worked so hard to learn!


Kate Amrol

Workforce Development Coordinator