BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Several teams of high school students put their car repair skills to the test in Bloomfield last weekend, earning $30,000 in scholarships and new tool sets for their schools. Universal Technical Institute-Bloomfield (UTI) hosted its annual Top Tech Challenge on Feb. 8, inviting teens from across the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area to its Essex County campus. More than 100 eager students from 37 schools challenged themselves with a series of written and hands-on tests about vehicle parts, brakes, diagnostics and electrical systems. The top six, two-person teams received UTI scholarships ranging from 25 to 100 percent of tuition costs. The winning teams also received Snap-On tool sets for their high schools valued at $2,365. “These students have really applied themselves to their passion, and their knowledge and skills reflect this,” UTI-Bloomfield Campus President Steve McElfresh said. “Unfortunately, high schoolers pursuing these careers often do not enjoy the same level of institutional and social support compared to traditional four-year colleges,” McElfresh said. “We take great pride in programs like the Top Tech Challenge...