BCC Collision Repair student, Austin Newman, took these photos while attending a field trip to BigDog Motorcycles.
It’s hard for me to believe this year is almost over. It feels like we are just getting things started and it’s time to take a break. However, my students worked hard and increased their skills tremendously, so they deserve the summer break. I’m already looking forward for them to return so we can start the advanced training that starts during their second year.
This year we learned a lot and had a lot of fun. First year students start off with safety, of course, then they learned how to weld, repair plastic, repair minor body damage, apply plastic body fillers, estimate, basic frame and uni-body concepts, and now they are learning about paint. The second year we will use these basic skills to learn the more advanced skills.
We did get to sneak away a few times. We were able to visit some of the collision repair shops. This is actually an excellent learning tool for the students to see what actually goes on in the work place and helps the students to start building relationships with potential employers. The business managers we selected to visit this year were wonderful with the students. It was awesome that they took the time to spend with the students and by giving us tours of their facilities. I would like to commend Rusty ECK Ford, Big Dog Motorcycles, and Carstar Collision Center for their support and help this year. We also visited Fox Collision; however, they are no longer in business.
One thing that all business managers mentioned was that they are looking for employees with good work ethics, dependability, and a good attitude. They believe they can help new employees improve their work skills, if they have those three things. However, it doesn’t matter how skilled someone is if they don’t show up to work.
Check back for more updates about our collision repair program. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or if you’d like to learn how to become a professional collision repair or refinish technician.