Lincoln County High School Students to Represent WV in National Competition

June 06, 2011

HAMLIN, W.Va.  – Joseph Adkins and Christopher Fakourey will take part in the Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition in Michigan in June.  As part of the competition, Joseph Adkins and Christopher Fakourey have to find and diagnose a problem in a vehicle.

“It looks like there a diode missing. Let’s see if we've got one,” said Adkins.

Their instructor, Jerry Cremeans causes a problem with the vehicle which the pair has to figure out. Exercises like this are a big part of their practice for the nationals of the Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition.

“They give you a repair order and it has ten things on there and they don't say. They just say go and you have to rush. Everybody is running,” said Adkins. “Pretty much a technician’s common sense to be able to diagnose,” said Fakourey.

On May 5, the team won at the state level for the right to advance to the national competition. Auto repairs seem to come easy for the two.

“I've grown up around racing. I race cars. It's in my blood. It's something I do,” said Adkins.

With the state of the economy, people seem to be driving their vehicles longer. That means promising careers in the auto repair industry because mechanics will be needed on a regular basis.

“The jobs out there are good paying jobs. If you are good at it you can make some good money in this field. People are hanging onto their cars a little longer making them in the 8- to 10-year-old range,” said Jerry Cremeans, the automotive instructor at Lincoln County High School.

Both students are hoping for a career in the auto repair industry. They believe taking part in the national competition will give them a leg up on their future competition.


This article is reposted with permission from WOWK-TV.  The original article can be found here.

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