When you think of school, books and pencils might come to mind. However, some local students are getting their hands dirty as they learn skills in high school that could land them a job once they graduate.
“We get hands-on experience working on cars, engines, suspensions, brakes…anything to do with the motor or body of the car,” Marc Miranda, a student of Socorro ISD’s automotive technology program, tells KTSM.
The program teaches students the basics of mechanics including oil changes, routine maintenance, brake repair, and more.
“I wanted to build stuff, I wanted to fix stuff, (and) be able to recognize the engine components,” Emilio Delgado said of his decision to join.
The future mechanics are also saving time and money, with some earning their certifiction upon greduation.
“What we do is get these guys ready for the real world,” automotive instructor Albert Gonzalez said. “It’s a skill they take with them forever.”
The program is also competing for the first time this year, with one student set to participate in a state contest in Corpus Christi next month.