Danville — At Danville High School, college preparation has always been a priority. Career preparation is equally important.
One area the school district supports in career and technical education is the automotive field.
Dan Hile, chairman of DHS’ Career and Technical Education Division, said the school was the first to put students back together in the era of COVID-19, so schools should include personal gloves, helmets, masks, and gloves in student bags. He said that he had prepared glasses and other items.
For example, in the automotive sector, Hile said:
One of the items purchased by the school district is a tire system for mounting and balancing tires.
“This is industry grade,” says Hile.
DHS has an automotive program where students can take introductory classes and tours, as well as intermediate and advanced courses.
Students do not do bodywork, but they can work on tires, brakes, and other car work.
“This is a chance for the kids to work on[vehicles],” says Hile.
Clint Rebman is an industrial technology teacher at DHS, specializing in pre-engineering courses in automotive technology and project lead the way, and is responsible for introducing engineering design and engineering principles.
Rebman also has students as part of an introductory career class. They spend a quarter of his time with him in the car, a quarter computer drafting, a quarter welding, and a quarter of him in the lumber mill.
“Mostly freshmen. They experience everything we have to offer in career and technical education. The beautiful thing is that if they don’t like one, they go to the next.” “It’s all about trying on different hats and seeing what you like and don’t like.”
His two laboratories have been greatly improved by a recent investment in the D118 CTE.
According to Rebman, they received new equipment for the engineering principles class this year, a lot of new robotics.
One was a hydrogen car made by students and raced.
“They really enjoyed it,” Lebman said.
“You have to solve a lot of problems along the way and that is part of the process. “You have to try out solutions and see what works. It’s a true engineering experience in that respect,” says Rebman.
Another class recently finished building an engine they were working on. They were putting the finishing touches on before the holidays.
“My goal is to teach them how to professionally disassemble and reassemble a gasoline engine,” says Rebman.
Students also focus on the basics of electricity with vehicles. He added that teaching electrical principles is important because cars are becoming more electronic every day.
He also said these are job skills that students can make money on.
There are women and men in the class.
“Often my girls are the strongest students. That always impresses me. It’s really fun to do the mix in class,” Lebman said.
He said someone might be surprised to see a female student turning a wrench and showing the boys how it was done.
Rebman taught his students the skills they’re learning in engines, computer-aided drafting, woodworking, and welding. they can make a living.
The students went to the tool closet in the auto area to retrieve tools and used wrenches to work on the engine recently.
The students worked near two new pieces of equipment: a tire balancer and tire mounting/dismounting.
In the automotive class, you will learn how to properly detach tires from rims, properly patch and balance tires.
“It’s a beautiful new machine.
Students will use the new machines when they return from break in early January.
The tire balancer is color-coded by weight, which is truly high-tech.
“I’m really excited to be able to use this,” says Rebman.
Its equipment and robotics kits are cutting edge for students. DHS received a vehicle lift several years ago.
“This is the Ferrari of mounters and balancers,” Rebman said of the DHS equipment. “This is really nice.”
In automotive courses, the first semester focuses on working under the hood, including engine parts, charging, cooling, ignition and fuel delivery systems. Semester 2 focuses on powertrain and everything else. This includes transmission, suspension, steering, brakes and wheels.
Sophomore Erica Redmon and freshman Nathan Gray said they enjoyed their introduction to the Careers class and learning about engines.
Elisha said he had experience working in cars to help his father. Her dad works for the Master Guard.
“It’s interesting to me because you can learn a lot about engines and things like that,” she said.
Nathan said the class could be useful for his future career. He said he likes being in the automotive field primarily.