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LEXINGTON, S.C. — Is your automobile acting up? Give Gilbert High Senior Austin M. Hicks a call.

Hicks won the 2017 South Carolina All-Star Automotive Technology Competition and was awarded $5,000 for Lexington Technology Center’s Automotive Technology program and $2,500 in tools for his personal garage.

Only 12 students statewide earned the chance to compete in the hands-on challenge and Hicks, one of the top students in Lexington Technology Center’s Automotive Technology program, scored the highest to become LTC’s first All-Star Automotive Technology Competition state champion. He landed a spot in the hands-on challenge after posting a top score on a written test.

During the challenging hands-on state competition, Hicks had to correctly inspect, troubleshoot and verify vehicle systems, time a belt drive system, install a drive shaft, and demonstrate the ability to diagnose electrical and mechanical problems.

“Austin spent extra time preparing himself and it paid off,” said LTC Automotive Engineering Technology Master Instructor T. Raymond Roland.

Midlands Technical College hosted the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation event on February 23. NATEF accredits automobile, medium/heavy truck and collision repair, and refinishing technology programs at secondary and post-secondary schools.

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