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Auto teacher wins award

Engelhardt Congratulations to LT automotive teacher Jordan Engelhardt for being named a finalist in the first-ever Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) - North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) Show Instructor Award.

Engelhardt was selected as one of three finalists, who will be flown out to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this November. He will be recognized at the SEMA Show Student Program welcome lunch, where the top application will be revealed. The top applicant will receive complimentary registration to the 2017 NACAT Conference. The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries.

SEMA-NACAT applicants were judged on several criteria, including the use of aftermarket products in the classroom, the aftermarket curriculum, instructional standards, student involvement in the community and the passion students bring to the program. The top finalist must present the program that demonstrates the most innovative and effective use of aftermarket technology.

In his seventh year at LT, Engelhardt has helped build a thriving automotive program, teaching Small Engines, Advanced Small Engine Performance, Engine Rebuild, Car Care Essentials, Automotive Engineering and Automotive Service and Diagnostics. Auto students get hands-on experience fabricating custom go karts and minibikes, modifying small engines, upgrading carburetors and turbocharging engines. LT has established several partnerships and internships with local car dealers, and typically 10 students receive internships during the school year and over the summer each year. In addition, the LT Car Care Club performs general vehicle maintenance on faculty, staff and parent vehicles, with the $20 per hour labor fees going back into the auto club.

Currently, auto students are building an 8-foot replica Lamborghini Aventador go kart with a twin turbo V twin 670cc engine and fuel injection built entirely from scratch. The car has 150 pieces that were created on a CAD file and will be cut on a laser jet by a local company, G.E. Mathis, which has donated the materials and labor. Students are also building a 1929 Model A Tudor hot rod from the ground up. Engelhardt partnered with a local shop, Hot Rod Chassis and Cycle, to help with the build and recently won a $7,500 scholarship from RPM Foundation to aid in finishing the project. They have an original all metal body and are building a supercharged engine for it.

Engelhardt says, “Attending the SEMA Show will allow me to meet industry professionals from all over the world at the world’s biggest aftermarket auto show. I will be able to create more connections with individuals and companies to further expand opportunities for my students.”