By: Priya Chaudhari

The automotive shop classes at Laramie High School are working through their finals.

For the final, students have to recall what they have learned throughout the year and apply it.

“Electrical, they actually do a charging system test, a starting system test and a scan tool test. My ignitions course they use a scan tool, a lab scope and test an ignition coil. In engines they do a component ID, parts of the engine, then I have them use a micrometer to measure a component, a dial indicator to measure a component, and then they do a compression test and a link down test on an engine,” automotive shop teacher Seth Robbins said.

According to Robbins, it is more useful for the students when they have a hands-on final because it is more valuable as they leave the course.

“The students that take notes tend to do better [on their final] than the ones who don’t,” Robbins said.

The class is divided into two parts, lectures and shop time. At the beginning of the semester the majority of the time is spent in the classroom, after that students are usually in the shop.

“I like to actually give them more shop time at the end of the semester,” Robbins said.

Students often work on a teacher’s car, but they are allowed to bring in their own car to work on as well.

According to Robbins, it is better for students to work on their own vehicle because it helps them understand the workings of it. He also has students that have taken all automotive classes that still come in to work on their own vehicle.

“I think it’s a lot different than a lot of the other classes, it’s hands on and you can bring your own [car] in and work on it, you learn a lot of skills in that class, that’s why I like it,” automotive student Seamus George said.

All automotive classes except for Basic Automotive Maintenance are available for dual enrollment at the Laramie County Community College.

There are a total of five automotive classes, Basic Auto, Auto Engine Systems, Auto Ignition Systems, Auto Electrical and Auto Fuel Systems.

All courses are a semester long and count for Career and Technical Education credits with the Hathaway.

Basic Automotive Maintenance is available for all years, the rest of the courses are offered for sophomores to seniors.

Most students who took the basic auto classes continue to take the other courses that were offered.

“If anyone wants to take this class I think they should, even if they don’t know much about cars or anything, you learn so much in this class and it’s so much fun,” George said.

According to Robbins all students should at least take the basic automotive class because it includes everything they need to know about the general information of cars.

Robbins has been teaching at LHS for five years and also teaches at LCCC where he has been teaching for 10 years.