Hillcrest auto mechanic class applies skills
January 17, 2013 4:10PM
Hillcrest High School student (from left) Ken McDonald, teacher Jerry Ward and student Latanya Kelly work on a car recently at the school. | Supplied Photo
Updated: February 21, 2013 6:05AM
Hillcrest High School students in teacher Jerry Ward’s auto mechanics class recently put their academic skills to the test by changing brake pads on a staff member’s car.
Students have spent the semester learning the intricacies of automobile mechanics and operation, and how to demonstrate safety procedures when working on cars.
Ward explained the difference between worn and new parts, as well as the difference in automobile replacement parts and what to expect in the longevity of aftermarket vs. genuine automobile brand parts.
Ward concluded the two-day project by reviewing how to replace brake pads.
“Ward is to be commended on his breadth of automobile repair, (his) ability to effectively communicate strategies to his students; and (his) patient and caring approach through their learning processes, both academically and in application,” school officials said in a news release.
Senior Ken McDonald said he learned a lot by taking the class.
“I learned how to change brakes, how to change oil, how to work the air impact gun and other air-operated equipment,” he said. “I also learned about electrolysis, how to apply anti-seize to brake rotors to avoid electrolysis, work the hoist and more.”
“My future career goal is to go to Universal Technical Institute and pick up diesel mechanics and hot rod mechanics,” McDonald said. “In the future I may also consider truck driving. Because of this class, I will be able to maintain my own truck and save money.”
Information: Email Ward at email@example.com.