Hartford Area Career & Technology Center
In addition to regularly assigned work like fabricating an electrical panel, and assembling hydraulic systems, we have also both had the opportunity to work on some pretty cool independent projects. We created a lamp made of spare drive train parts from a bicycle, a working guitar fabricated from sheet metal, and now we are working together to add a 90cc four wheeler engine to an old bike that we fixed up. After we finish the bike, we might work on more artistic, sculptural things like a dragonfly, fabricating a custom remote control vehicle, or we might help out with building the experimental helicopter.
One of the hardest parts about this class for us at first was that we are both pretty shy, but this class has helped us come out of our comfort zones. At first we were nervous, but now we aren’t because our class is very welcoming and we have all become like one big family. We help each other out whenever someone needs it and we also teach each other new things. Being the only girls in the class can be hard at times, but coming here has helped us realize women can do anything a man can do. We hope that when other girls come and tour this program they aren’t afraid to join because they think it’s a class just for boys. Whether you are a boy or a girl, this class is for hands-on people who are motivated and want to learn. We both love coming here every day and hearing the machines working, seeing our friends and learning new skills. We hope to have an opportunity to work for Hypertherm after high school or to use the manufacturing skills we have learned in this class somewhere else.