Monday, 25 July 2022 15:42

Texas Collision Repair Student Has a Passion for Automotive Refinishing 


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Artistry. A passion for perfection. The ability to restore a damaged vehicle to showroom condition. All are sought-after attributes found in the best automotive refinishers.

And Texas State Technical College student Edrick Cuevas wants to be one of the best.


The Port Isabel, TX, resident possesses an impressive talent for automotive refinishing that he developed at a young age. 


He is building on that skill in the auto collision and management technology---refinishing specialization program at TSTC.


“I used to perform small painting work on my grandfather’s vehicle when I was younger,” Cuevas said. “Then I grew a fascination for classic vehicles, and I hoped to continue that.”


Cuevas is pursuing an associate of applied science degree at TSTC’s Harlingen campus.


Now in his third semester, Cuevas relies on his ingenuity to accomplish demanding class projects.


“My instructor (Jose Vasquez) challenges me,” he said. “During a class assignment, I volunteered to paint the roof on a vehicle in the automotive shop. Then I had to think of various ways to complete the task while being safe. I had to use a stepladder to keep my balance.”


Vasquez said Cuevas is a motivated student who quickly adapts to learning new skills.


“(He) is willing to try different techniques,” Vasquez added. “We work with different types of live projects and training props. That will allow Cuevas to excel in the industry.”


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