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College, high school team up to offer automotive class

September 8, 2018

NEEDLES — Ronnie Tieman is the Career Technical Education automotive instructor for the basic tech skill and engine analysis tune-up classes offered by Palo Verde Community College through an agreement with Needles High School at the high school shop.

“The students are going to learn the basics of how shops operate, how to use tools, basics of the internal combustion engine and basic automotive repair,” said Tieman.

At the moment the CTE automotive class is working on a 2010 Camaro that has been sitting in the shop for a long time.

“We’re working on dropping the fuel tank out of it, cleaning it and replacing the fuel pump,” said Tieman. “So that’s our first project and we’ll be doing the tire changes and tire balance on the car as well.”

Tieman attended Universal Technical Institute in Avondale, Ariz., where he completed his associate’s degree in automotive technology.

“After finishing at UTI I worked in a couple of automotive shops,” said Tieman. “In one of the shops I worked at I started as a lube tech and worked my way up to general manager of a high volume repair shop in Vegas.”

Tieman moved back to Needles in order to get into the education aspect of the automotive industry.

“The students are excited that the high school is offering a shop class,” said Tieman. “I have always enjoyed training new hires and training anybody who was willing to learn more and advance their career in the automotive repair industry. I actually enjoyed that aspect of the automotive industry more than actually repairing cars.

“More than anything else I want to give the students the tools and the knowledge to identify, diagnose and repair any problem that they haven’t had any direct experience doing,” said Tieman. “I want them to be able to access the information and independently be able to find the answer to the questions that they’re seeking.”

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