Each year the WATDA Foundation hosts the SkillsUSA automotive state championships and assist with the diesel and collision repair competition state championships. All Wisconsin gold medal winning students advance to the SkillsUSA National competition to compete against other gold medal winning students from the other 49 states. Ultimately, national gold medal winning students can advance to the World Skills competition. The last time a Wisconsin student advanced to the global stage (from Racine Park High School) was the 2015 Leipzig, Germany competition.
Uniting dealerships and industry from across Wisconsin, the automotive championships is comprised of 12 ASE aligned stations. These stations help prepare students for what they should know and be able to do to be successful. Some of these stations are; Automotive Transmission, Engine Performance, Wheel Alignment, Safety, Electrical Diagnosis, Hybrid Safety, Customer Service, etc.