Learning outside the classroom

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May 15, 2015 8:15 AM

Josef Jacobson Photo Signa Tire owner Rob Tichkowsky, left, shows off new equipment to Lloydminster Comprehensive High School teacher Darcy McFarlane's automotive class.

Darcy McFarlane’s automotive class is gathered in the garage at Signa Tire to watch a wheel aligning demonstration.

The Lloydminster Comprehensive High School students watch while equipment specialist Brent Kolodziejski from Hunter Engineering Company explains how some of the new devices operate.

“We just opened,” owner Rob Tichkowsky said. “We wanted to show them the equipment while it’s still clean.”

McFarlane occasionally takes his pupils out of the classroom and into garages to observe how their teachings play out in a professional setting.

“The students are just coming down to see some of the new equipment for tires and balancing and some of the new tire machines and then doing a little bit of an alignment lesson,” he said. “The high school’s not outfitted with any alignment equipment so it was an opportunity to see some of the new equipment that’s out there.”

The students were shown how to use tire changers, balancers and alignment machines. Tichkowski says automotive machines are becoming more automated, as opposed to “man-powered,” using computers interfaces and lasers to make measurements as accurate as possible.

“The equipment they have is a little bit older, so since we’re opening the new shop we just wanted to offer to show them what is new,” Tichkowski said.

“They’re stuck in classes and just being in here gives them an idea of how things work.”

After demonstrating the tire alignment machine, Kolodziejski shows the students a video on his tablet providing additional information about the new devices. He helped bring in the new equipment, which he says is efficient and easy to use.

“We came here about a month ago and installed all the equipment that Rob wanted for this new business,” Kolodziejski said. “To open up the shop with the economic times that are in Lloydminster and Alberta and Saskatchewan I know is going to be a great challenge for them, but when you’ve got the latest technology for their technicians to use, when it comes to the undercar specialists, they have by far the best equipment at their disposal right now to use to give the customers the best results.”

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