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Monday, 14 October 2019 15:19

NPCC Alum Turns Vehicle Hobby Into a Profession

Clay Chittick sands down a car panel at his new business, Clay’s Repair, LLC. Chittick credits the Auto Body Technology program at North Platte Community College for helping him achieve his dream. Clay Chittick sands down a car panel at his new business, Clay’s Repair, LLC. Chittick credits the Auto Body Technology program at North Platte Community College for helping him achieve his dream. NPCC

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By October of 2015, Chittick was moved into his current location. Together, he and Roethemeyer turned the property into a site suitable for collision repair. Chittick converted a chicken coop into a parts building and an old pole barn into a double-sided shop that currently houses his paint booth. A lift will occupy the opposite side once it is finished.

 

“I kept the frame, but then insulated, sheeted and painted the inside of the barn,” said Chittick. “I also laid new concrete and sealed it. I took building construction classes in high school, and my grandpa is really good, so he helped me a lot.”

 

By 2017, his repair shop was open for business.

 

“I stay pretty busy –especially this time of year,” Chittick said. “Right now, I do all the work myself, but my goal is to be able to build another shop and then hire somebody to help me.”

 

In the meantime, if he ever does get into a bind, help is right down the road.

 

“I credit NPCC Auto Body instructor Mark Harwood for teaching me everything I know,” Chittick said. “I still call him if I run into something I’ve never seen before. The program prepared me well, and, in a way, it’s still helping me. I wouldn’t be where I am now without North Platte Community College.”

 

More information about NPCC and its Auto Body Technology program can be found online at mpcc.edu.


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