TSTC student gains hands-on skills in Automotive Technology program

Rey Rocha has always had an interest in gears, transmissions and engines.

Now he is gearing up to receive his Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology from Texas State Technical College this fall, and he already has a full-time job lined up.

Rocha is currently working part time at Boggus Ford in Harlingen through TSTC’s cooperative education program as a technician’s assistant, an opportunity that will transition to full time after he graduates this fall.

“I chose to study automotive technology because I have an interest in the theory and combined systems that come together and make the modern vehicle,” Rocha said. “I like using tools and dexterity to accomplish a job.”

The accomplishment he feels after completing a vehicle repair is what drives him to continue to thrive in the field.

“Nothing beats the feeling of being able to troubleshoot the fault in a vehicle, repair it,

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