In typical high school movies, all the people in Auto are portrayed as the slackers of the school. In this case it’s not true. Many of the regular students in Auto are preparing for a career as a mechanic. Jake Thorup, lead mechanic at Bountiful High, has worked at Phil’s Auto for eight months and plans on going to Salt Lake Community College for the Automotive course.
Arbuckle attends the DATC for the Heavy Diesel course. “It’s mostly book work and assignments on shop activities and it’s self guided so you go at your own pace.” When asked how auto tech helps with his future career, Arbuckle said, “It shows/ teaches me what I need to know. I plan on becoming a mechanic and owning my own shop so it helps.”
Huffaker, like the others, plans on furthering his automotive knowledge. “I’d like to go to WYO Tech.” Huffaker has spent most of his time working on his Suzuki Sidekick and Ford Taurus.
“I saved a lot of money working on the cars myself and I learned a lot about how they work.”
Mr. Hatch is the auto teacher. Many of the students love coming to Hatch’s class because the atmosphere is very relaxed and easy going. “He is one of the coolest teachers in the school,” quoted Arbuckle. Hatch isn’t all fun and games, he takes auto very seriously. “I think the atmosphere benefits the students.
“If they come with the right attitude of learning instead of just to be here they can learn a lot,” said Hatch. If you plan on going into his classes be prepared to work.
“I think the students limit themselves,” stated Hatch. “They get scared easily. Sophomores come in thinking they can do it all until they get in the shop and get overwhelmed.”