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Winter 2022–2023                                                                                     Transportation Today Wisconsin™ | 9

                   Holmen Auto Service Providing Hands-On Learning

                                            a  slow  leak.  To  find  the  leak,  students  have
        Travis Judell, Communications Specialist  to put their problem-solving skills to the test.
        School District of Holmen           "The most important thing I would like them
            It's the start of another school day inside   to  take  away  is  the  problem-solving  ability.
        Holmen High School, and a few students of   use  the problem-solving  process  to simplify
        ryan Ziegler's Auto Service 1 class are already   the problem and quickly come up with a viable
        hard at work helping a teacher whose tire is   solution," says Ziegler as the students dip the
        leaking  while  others  spend  time  hunched   tire in a dunk tank to locate the leak. Finding no
        under the hood testing car batteries.   visible leak, Mr. Ziegler uses this as a teaching
            Technology  Education  teacher  ryan   moment for his class about snow tires and how
        Ziegler  is  in  his  21st  year  teaching,  and  he   to communicate with customers. "Throughout
        says  this  type  of  hands-on  learning  helps   the course sequence, students will learn how
        prepare students for the real world, "The stu-  to communicate with customers and cowork-
        dents  love  hands-on  learning,"  said  Ziegler.   ers. Some of that communication is done by
        "They can repeat the process until they can   the use of industry software. Another way is
        complete the task with little to no help from   teaching the students how to listen to customer
        the instructor. It is awesome to see the stu-  concerns actively," says Ziegler.
        dents  complete  a  task  they  thought  was   Auto Service 1 is a semester course of 85
        impossible on their own."           minutes daily, mainly consisting of juniors and
            As the weather turns colder, students in   seniors. These high school students are learn-
        the class are working on a battery testing lab.   ing with professional tools on actual vehicles
        The students are learning how to load test a   with real problems. Auto Service is also a dual   •  Wheel  systems  and  tires:  mount  and   •  Charging and starting system: measur-
        battery, measure parasitic drain, remove cor-  credit class and provides students with three   balance  tires,  tire  puncture  repair,  tire   ing voltage drops and amperage outputs
        rosion,  and  check  physical  connections  to   post-secondary  credits.  This  allows  our  stu-  rotation  •  Ignition  system:  replacing  ignition
        ensure a working battery. "The students walk   dents to earn high school and technical college   •  Brakes  and  ABS  system:  replacing   wires, coils, and plugs
        away with a solid understanding of the basic   credit  simultaneously  and  receive  their Auto   brake pads, measuring thickness, bleed-  •  Cooling  system:  coolant  flow,  thermo-
        automotive  systems,"  says  Ziegler.  "All  of   Service Excellence (ASE) certification at the   ing brake lines, diagnosing ABS sensors  stat replacement, coolant flush
        the students learn how to maintain their own   completion of the course.   •  Preventative   maintenance   fluid:   •   Fuel system: fuel volume and pressure
        vehicle."                               In this class, students get to learn about   completing  checklists,  fluid  flush,  and   tests, fuel filter replacement
            Another group of students is helping out   these  systems  by  repairing  and  diagnosing   exchanges, customer concerns
        a Holmen High School teacher whose tire has   issues:                                                                 Continued on Page 14

                                                                        •  Competitive Wages

                                                                        •  Bright, Clean, Modern Shops
                                                                        •  State of the Art Equipment

                                                                        •  Air Conditioned Shops

                                                                        •  Ongoing Specialized Training
                                                                        •   Competitive Benefits including 401k,
                                                                           Paid Vacation, Holidays, Insurance



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