Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician
From Hot Rods to a Hot Career
Twenty-one-year-old Melissa Scheuerman used her recent Fox Valley Technical College degree to turn her love of hot rod cars into a professional career. The Neenah resident graduated from FVTC’s Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician program just last spring. Today, she is
already working as a painter’s helper on her way to becoming an
industrial painter at Pierce Manufacturing, one of the world’s leading
fire truck production companies.
Designing and building fire engines requires strict quality
regulations. “My job of cleaning and masking the surfaces is a vital
first step in the finishing process,” Scheuerman says. “The hands-on
learning at Fox Valley Tech was awesome, and it really helped prepare me
for a job that I love!”
Melissa Scheuerman, FVTC Auto Collision
Repair & Refinishing program graduate
The first in her family to go to
college, Scheuerman received a $5,000 scholarship from CCC Information Services through the Collision Repair Education Foundation, and was also awarded the Collision Repair Educators scholarship from the FVTC Foundation. Adding to her many accomplishments, Scheuerman won first place at state and came in 7th nationally at the annual
SkillsUSA competitions out of nearly 70 colleges and universities
nationwide that participate each year.
“My father, who is a
member of the Muscle Maniacs Car Club, is very proud of me,” she states.
“I’m showing him the right way to paint his ’69 Road Runner.”
Quick Fact: 100% graduate employment 6 years running for graduates of
FVTC’s Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician program