Grease on their Hands: Automotive Technology

Karly Liska, Reporter

If you go to room 31 in the Weller building, you’ll find young men and women hard at work in their automotive technology class.  Freshmen in Auto Tech at Northeast are split into two classes; the first class from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the second class from noon to 4:00 p.m.  There are about 18 students in each class and almost all of them are men.  The morning class works hands-on for four hours and then they have a one hour lecture in the afternoon.  The afternoon class has their lecture in the morning and work hands-on later in the day.  Right now, both classes are learning about disc and drum brake overhauls but they’ll also learn about suspension, wheel balance, alignments, etc.  The Auto Tech students will learn about everything eventually, which is good because some people register for the class so they can learn about things that they wouldn’t necessarily figure out by themselves. Other students attend class because they don’t want to pay people for things they can do themselves while others have personal reasons.  In the words of Nate DeSive, “Make my race car go fasteerrrr!”  For whatever reason they registered for the class, though, they are all passionate about cars.