Paul Walters “The women in our program really enjoy it. And they don’t usually want the guys helping them.”

Paul Walters has been involved in automotive mechanics for more than 20 years. “Even back in high school, I always wanted to teach. I saw a real need,” says Paul. “I’d been to all the seminars and training schools and I always thought I could do a better job. Then I’d see these people coming into the shop saying they were mechanics,” he continues, “and they didn’t know what they were doing.”

“I get a lot of enjoyment from seeing other people learning and then go out and make a living for themselves,” says Paul. “In auto mechanics, you can make from $20,000 to $70,000 a year. It just all depends on your approach.”

Paul’s involvement in the campus goes well beyond the nuts and bolts environment of his shop. “I’m involved in the academic senate,” he says, “and we go through everything that goes on in the academic world.”

“SMC is one of the best environments you can find anywhere,” says Paul. “Our department sticks together and we have a lot of fun while we’re learning. It’s a real team approach.”

From basic maintenance to the High Performance racing program, Paul Walters brings craftsmanship to his work as mechanic and teacher. “We have a lot of lectures, of course,” says Paul. “But the real test is always in getting your hands dirty and doing it.”

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