Automotive Technology Programs | Fox Valley Technical College

Automotive Technology Programs | Fox Valley Technical College


I chose the Tech from my love of cars. I
went to Stevens Point not knowing what i
wanted to do and then after a semester I
realized my love for cars and that i
wanted to work on them.
I like the fact that we can work on any
type of vehicles. We’ve got trucks, we’ve
got cars, we’ve got newer vehicles, we
have older vehicles. So you’re not just working
on one type of car. Follow your dreams. I
had a lot of people discouraging me,
being a female trying to get into this
field but so far I’ve loved it.
I don’t let people put me down. I’m going
to be proud of my work.
The toolboxes alone is a big advantage than other schools require you bring your own tools
in your tool boxes
what I like about Fox Valley – they try to
incorporate your gen eds through your
program. So in my science principles
class, the teacher tries to focus more
on automotive side of the science
principles. The instructors here are phenomenal.
They help you in any and every possible way. They have a lot of experience,
hands-on and in the workplace and any
questions you might have, if you don’t
understand anything that walks you
through it.
We receive calls every week looking for technicians. We also have a website called Wisconsin TechConnect
and currently there’s probably 200 jobs
listed for automotive technicians in the
state of Wisconsin. Our current job
placement here at Fox Valley Tech for
automotive program is right at
98 percent so there’s
definitely an opportunity to get hired
into this field. We have a very diverse
background meaning that we come from
dealerships, we come from independent shops.
So our main focus here is to make
sure that we meet the needs of industry.
We teach our students what industry
wants 75 percent of our class time is
actually out in the lab doing hands-on
work. We have approximately 80 vehicles
or so that we have for the students to
work on. One of the things that the
students really love here is when we
rebuild engines we have engine run stands.
We’ll run an engine on the engine
stand once they’re done so we get to
actually see what they did and how it
worked out.
I would recommend that most students try to take any tech ed courses that they can,
whether it’s welding, woodworking then
also mathematics, science classes.
I didn’t know the difference between a
wrench and socket when I first started
at Fox Valley Tech. It doesn’t matter if
you had high school experience or you’re
completely new the automotive industry
like I was. They really start off from
square one and bring you up to speed.
My favorite part of Fox Valley Tech was
the Beat the Heat program. Racing is a
huge part of the automotive industry and
I wasn’t aware of this.
The students build and work on the
drag-racing cars at the school and then
they drag race them at the student drags
Friday nights at WIR in Kaukauna.
I started at my job before I was even done with Fox Valley Tech, and they really worked
with me to allow me to keep going to
school to graduate and then they were
impressed with the knowledge that I
learned that they wanted to send me back
here for extra knowledge.


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