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PCC Hires Automotive Instructor for Shop in Attica

20 June 2019

Pratt Community College’s Automotive Technology program is excited to announce the hiring of new instructor, Daniel Meng.

Meng will be teaching area high school students at the newly acquired automotive shop in Attica starting in the fall. He brings to the program a wealth of knowledge and a lifetime of experience, including 20 years at Lubbers Cars.

The love for automotive technology began when Meng was a 6th grader working at his family’s shop business in Kingman. After graduating from high school, he attended a Vocational-Technical college for a year, before beginning his career as a technician. He eventually worked his way up to service manager and supervisor at various dealerships and independent mechanic shops. While he might not have always had his eyes set on teaching, his switch to an instructor was an easy decision to make.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with other technicians and trying to teach them,” said Meng. “My wife is a teacher and I always thought it would be fun to teach. (Instructors) are very much needed because there’s not a lot of young people going into the industry.”

One of Meng’s goals is to spark more interest about the automotive technology discipline into high school students. He hopes that after taking his classes, they will be inspired to continue on with their education at PCC, as they will have a head start in obtaining their degrees.

He will be teaching four introductory classes – Brakes, Steering & Suspension, Electrical I, and Engine Performance – all of which fall under Senate Bill 155’s Excel in CTE program, which allows high school students to take technical college classes tuition free.

“I think I will really enjoy teaching,” said Meng. “There’s a real satisfaction when you see the lightbulb pop above a person’s head and you know they understand what you have taught them. It’s extremely gratifying.”

The Automotive Technology department at Pratt Community College works on an "experience the learning" concept and is fully certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The automotive technology students work in a shop environment with state of the art equipment they will find in the auto industry. Students have the opportunity to earn an occupational certificate or an Associate of Applied Science degree. All these experiences prepare students to test to become ASE certified prior to graduation, enhancing the students' earning potential and career opportunities. For more information contact Greg Bacon at gregb@prattcc.edu.