Students at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus pose inside the campus’ new automotive technology building with instructor Jeff Wallmann, third from left. Residents can tour the facility during an open house from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St.

Courtesy of David May

Students at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus pose inside the campus’ new automotive technology building with instructor Jeff Wallmann, third from left. Residents can tour the facility during an open house from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St.

CNCC hosting open house for automotive technology building

If you go …

What: Open house for Colorado Northwestern Community College’s new automotive technology building

When: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9

Where: Automotive technology building, CNCC Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St.

— Refreshments will be provided and tours of the new facility, as well as other campus buildings, will be offered. For more information, call Mary Morris at 824-1135.

Quotable

“We have the capability to meet the demand of the industries as well as extend the opportunity to our community and young people.”

— David May, director of the automotive and diesel technology programs at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus

David May is no newcomer to the automotive technician’s trade.

The proof is all around him, from his fingers stained black from oil and grease to the automotive service manuals sitting on the bookshelf in his office at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus.

So when May, director of CNCC’s automotive and diesel technology programs, said the campus’ new automotive technology building is “state of the art,” he can be viewed as a qualified source.

Residents can get their own glimpse of the facility during an open house from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Refreshments will be provided, and attendees can tour the facility, as well as other parts of the campus, said Pamela Gardner, dean of instruction for CNCC’s Craig campus.

In her view, the new building is an improvement from the automotive technology program’s previous location, a rented warehouse at 305 Mack Lane.

“The facilities are just so much better,” she said.

May agrees.

“It’s actually built to be an automotive shop rather than trying to convert a used warehouse into a shop,” he said.

The new building is equipped with five bays, hydraulic lifts and an alignment rack, where students can work on vehicles’ front-end alignment. It also provides safety features like overhead fire suppression and exhaust ventilation systems, May said.

As with any project involving motors and gears, the equipment is only half the equation. The other is experience and know-how.

Like May, each of the three instructors working under him has at least three decades in the automotive or heavy equipment fields, he said.

“So we can pass on some of those real-life skills … to the next generation,” he said.

The experience, coupled with the equipment, is designed to fill needs within the industry and Moffat County.

“There’s always been a great demand for technicians out there, whether it’s automotive or diesel tech,” May said. “And, we have the capability to meet the demand of the industries as well as extend the opportunity to our community and young people.”

For more information about the automotive technology building open house, call Mary Morris at 824-1135.

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