Hartford Area Career & Technology Center
My name is Evan Barr and I am a senior in the Automotive Technology program at the HACTC. I started in Career and Technology Exploration (CTE) as a sophomore to explore all the programs and after spending 3 days in each program I decided on Automotive Technology. Coming in as a junior it was a new experience to have a class with students from other schools but it did not take long to adapt. This program has taught me skills that benefit me not only as a mechanic, but as a person as well. I am currently in the delayed entry program for the USMC and am planning on serving this country as a mechanic.
In my program, I learned that it is important to work as a team, to finish a job by the deadline, and to improve the shop’s reputation and my own. Reputation is something that always needs to be worked on because it is hard to build but easy to break. It is important to finish a job by the deadline because in the automotive field, keeping customers is important. Also, having reliable transportation is needed by everyone. Working as a team is important because everyone has something beneficial to offer to the group that will help the job get done properly.Automotive Technology helped me learn tool recognition and proper usage which helps prevent injuries. I also learned that keeping my tools clean and organized is important as well, because it makes the job faster by not spending time looking for the tool I need. Keeping the tools clean helps prevent them from slipping out of my hand and helps the tools last longer. These skills helped me qualify for the job I want to do by increasing my mechanical line score on the military qualifying test, the ASVABS.