Donated photo. HCC automotive systems technology student Enrique Muro-Castillo was awarded second place in the automotive systems event and HCC collision repair and refinishing technology student Aaron Howard placed fourth in Collision Repair. Pictured left to right are HCC program manager and instructor Darrell Honeycutt, Muro-Castillo, Howard and HCC collision repair and refinishing instructor Mark Hicks.

Two Haywood Community College automotive students brought home top finishes from the North Carolina SkillsUSA competition held in Greensboro recently. HCC automotive systems technology student Enrique Muro-Castillo was awarded second place in the automotive systems event and HCC collision repair and refinishing technology student Aaron Howard placed fourth in collision repair.

SkillsUSA NC is the largest showcase of Career and Technical Education in North Carolina. This annual leadership and skills conference brings together over 1,900 North Carolina high school and postsecondary students to compete in over 100 hands-on trade, technical, and leadership contests. These contests span over 95 trade areas from construction, automotive, and welding to drafting, public safety, cosmetology, and more. Over 100 business and industry partners support the contests. The support of industry members, who serve as judges and contributors, is essential to the students having the most accurate real-world experience possible.

HCC’s automotive systems technology program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of automobiles.  Includes instruction in brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains, and heating and air condition systems. Students can pursue and associate degree, diploma or certificate, as well as certificates in diesel or mobile equipment and repair.

HCC’s collision repair and refinishing technology program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, reconstruct and finish automobile bodies, fenders, and external features.  Includes instruction in structure analysis, damage repair, non-structural analysis, mechanical and electrical components, plastics and adhesives, painting and refinishing techniques, and damage analysis and estimating. Students can pursue an associate degree, diploma or certificate.

Registration for fall semester is underway now. For more information about automotive programs or registration, visit haywood.edu or email hcc-advising@haywood.edu.