UAA automotive students help local motorists get vehicles winter ready

The automotive industry promotes Fall Car Care Month in October as a way to remind motorists to prepare their vehicles for the upcoming winter driving season. In response, the UAA Auto-Diesel SkillsUSA Chapter hosted a free and comprehensive vehicle inspection event for the UAA campus community and general public.

Mike Newcomb, a student in the heavy duty
transportation & equipment program, services
a battery during the comprehensive vehicle
inspection event hosted by the UAA Auto-Diesel SkillsUSA Chapter.
The chapter’s members, students enrolled in the Community & Technical College's (CTC) Transportation & Power Division, provided each automobile owner with a comprehensive safety inspection of all the vehicle’s systems. Afterward, customers received a complete work order and copy of the inspection form with an explanation of maintenance recommendations specific to their vehicle.

“Service learning is an excellent way to engage students in community service and provides an opportunity to put their new skills into practice,” said Dennis Massingham, assistant professor of automotive & diesel technology and chapter advisor.

Students diagnosed a bad battery for one driver, giving her time to replace it before it failed completely. They also conducted a safety inspection that exposed a leaking rear axle seal on a Ford Expedition. The leak was dripping lubricant on a brake assembly, seriously compromising its performance. Students advised the customer about the leak and recommended a repair.

“The event was a huge success and gave us an opportunity to utilize our automotive skills in a way that helped the community, and it was fun,” said chapter delegate Derek Cottle. “The chapter plans to make this an annual community service event.”

The event was made possible by industry partner EZ-Rent Inc. of Big Lake, Alaska. The company donated all of the supplies including shop towels, windshield reservoir fluid, lubricants and tools. David Bosch, president of EZ-Rent, is a long-time supporter of Alaska SkillsUSA.

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About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA chapters help secondary and postsecondary students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel. Nationwide, SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors. Alaska SkillsUSA is growing with 12 active secondary chapters across the state and one postsecondary chapter located at the University of Alaska Anchorage. 
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