fbpx

Latest Posts

Home

Facebook

Twitter

Search
About

High school auto mechanic internship program prepares students for future careers

High school students in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are “keeping the city running,” according to an Education Week video about the city’s Office of Fleet Management Auto Mechanic Internship Program.

The Office of Fleet Management is in charge of keeping city vehicles available, dependable, and safe. Its internship program, started in 1993, employs students who are enrolled in auto mechanic programs at local high schools to repair and maintain the city’s fleet of automobiles, trucks, and other vehicles. Students learn a trade from professionals already working in the field and develop skills they need to be productive in the workforce after graduation.

“I was looking for a career but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I knew I was good at fixing things, so thought, why not be a mechanic?” one student shared in the video.

Another program participant highlighted the importance of learning a trade, even if it doesn’t end up being a long-term career choice. “It’s still a trade that you can carry with you.”

While the internship program is paid, it does require students to complete their high school education. Students typically go to school from 8:30am to 3:00pm and then work (a minimum of 10 hours per week) in the city’s garages, rotating jobs to learn skills in all departments of the automotive industry.

“I do preventive maintenance, inspection, which teaches you problem-solving skills,” another student shared. “You have to analyze a car and figure out what’s wrong with it.”

Providing students with the chance to discover their passions and learn valuable skills sets them up for success in the future. According to Pennsylvania’s Association of Career and Technical Administrators, many students who completed the program are now working full-time jobs with Philadelphia’s Office of Fleet Management.

View the Education Week video highlighting the internship program here.

Comments

Subscribe

Categories

Upcoming Events

  • 2020 Annual Dinner Featuring Sarah Huckabee Sanders

    Location: Minneapolis Convention Center Ballroom 1301 2nd Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55403

    American President: The Unorthodox Approach to Politics that Changed the World. Sarah Huckabee Sanders served as White House Press Secretary for President Donald J. Trump from 2017 to 2019. A trusted confidant of the President, Sanders advised him on everything from press and communications strategy to personnel and policy. For two and a half years, Sanders was at the President’s side, battling with the media, working with lawmakers and CEOs, and staffing the President on every foreign trip, including dozens of meetings with foreign leaders. Sanders is only the third woman and the first mother to hold the job of…

    Register Now