Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology



My name is Jamie Lucks.
I’m one of the automotive
teachers here
at Ulster Career
and Tech Center.
I teach Automotive Technology.
The students that come
to our program
are genuinely enthusiastic,
they’re interested,
and they do well
because they’re interested
and they’re enthusiastic.
They’ve got a passion
for the automotive industry,
and that’s exactly
what we have here.
This is a hands-on class
sometimes,
and it’s also lecture
and theory in the classroom,
and it’s a good mix
between the two.
The students that come to us
are trained to become ASE
student certified technicians,
and when they leave here,
they are qualified,
trainable technicians.
Many of our students
go on to college,
many of our students
go on to work.
In addition
to the shop environment,
we have a classroom environment,
and we infuse math,
we infuse science,
we infuse English,
and it’s all based around
automotive technology.
So when the students
are learning English,
science, and math, they’re
doing it in an automotive way,
and they understand
why they need to know
how to convert fractions
to decimals, so on and so forth.

Hi, I’m Kevin Roebke,
I’m the instructor
for the Automotive
Technology program–
one of the two instructors.
This year I currently
have seniors,
they’re second-year students.
A student who’s successful
in our class
will have an interest
in automotive
or at least things mechanical,
will wanna learn not only
the hands-on portion,
which we do a lot of–
as you can see a lot
of our students
are doing today–
but also automotive-related
math and science
and some reading and research.
All those things are important
to be successful in
the automotive field today.
Our students, many of them
go on from here
to secondary education
in either a college
or a trade-related
technical school.
They go on to be
dealership technicians,
they go on to be owners of
their own shops in some cases,
they may go on to another branch
of the automotive field
like restoration or racecars,
but we give them
a good ground floor
to get off on from there.


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