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Tuesday, 30 November 2021 16:21

TSTC Students Secure Jobs Before Graduation in Auto Collision Field

Travis Hanson practices painting in a booth in the auto collision and management technology program at Texas State Technical College in Waco, TX. Travis Hanson practices painting in a booth in the auto collision and management technology program at Texas State Technical College in Waco, TX. TSTC photo

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Travis Hanson, of Mabank, TX, stood alone as he slowly mixed paint during the color analysis and paint matching class at Texas State Technical College.

Afterward, he put on gray overalls, placed personal protective equipment on his face and ventured inside a booth to practice painting.

 

“If you really want to do it, just do it and have patience,” he said.

 

Hanson is a fall candidate for graduation with two associate of applied science degrees in auto collision and management technology---one each in refinishing and repair specialization---at TSTC.

 

Hanson said doing collision work is interesting because every vehicle has its share of different problems. He also said collision work means making good money.

 

“I like working on cars, but [I do] not like being a mechanic,” Hanson said.

 

Hanson began working part time as a painter more than a month ago at Slaton Paint and Body in Athens, TX. He will begin working full time after graduation. He said his goal is to stay in the Mabank area to work and it feels good already having a job before he graduates.

 

Maxie Fowler, lead instructor in TSTC’s auto collision and management technology program, said paint and auto body shops continue to call seeking graduates to fill jobs. He said the job market is great for graduates.

 

“If they get their foot in the door, they can work into what they want to do,” Fowler said.

 

Angel Escamilla, of Mexia, TX, has worked part time in the last year in the body shop at Mike Terry Chevrolet Buick GMC in Mexia. He balances his job as he works toward...


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