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CTE’s Automotive Technology Program Gets Technology Upgrade | News

AMBER TOWNSHIP — The West Shore Educational Service District’s Automotive Technology Program has a newer vehicle with modern technologies thanks to Urka Auto Center employees Tom and Matt Urka.

Tom said he received a call from WSESD looking for a vehicle with some of the most up-to-date technology so that students in the Vocational and Technical Automotive Technology program can work on more advanced systems.

Tom told WSESD he had nothing at the time of the call but timing was everything.

“The next day that vehicle was traded in, so I called WSESD right away,” Urka said. “This vehicle, (a) 2013 Buick, has a small mechanical problem, it has a turbocharger and all the new technology you are looking for.”

Automotive Technology Instructor John Michalik said being able to get his hands on this type of technology will keep the curriculum up to date and allow his students to see what technicians are working on in the industry.

“Today’s systems are constantly changing from year to year,” Michalik said. “Being able to have electronics is huge in today’s service industry world.”

Michalik said it was great that the vehicle had some road mileage as it would allow them to report our wear and tear to the students. Students will also examine and test the suspension of this vehicle which has approximately 130,000 miles.

“It has a turbo which is really the way the industry uses gasoline to try to get fuel economy,” he said. “To be able to show them where the turbo is and some service procedures.”

This Buick will help students with the laboratory program tasks followed by the automotive technology training program. The program is called ASE Education Foundation, according to Michalik.

The automotive tech program is for an entry-level technician, according to Jacob Turkett, an automotive tech paraprofessional.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to get their hands on more modern technology, which in turn gives them a greater chance of succeeding in the workplace,” said WSESD Superintendent Jason Jeffery. “We are so excited to add this to all the wonderful things our students work with every day.”