It’s a normal Wednesday morning but Buter’s Curtis Hancock seems out of his element. Curtis is Butler Auto Group’s Service Manager, the behind-the-scenes-guy who keeps our handful of Service Departments running smoothly.
But today, he’s addressing a class of about 20 Rogue Community College students counting down the days ‘til graduating the automotive program in June. And Curtis is telling them what life in a professional shop is all about. He also includes other careers at Butler, from marketing to body work and everything in between.
Curtis has represented Butler at RCC’s Career Day for the past five years. The students seem to appreciate that he takes the time to answer all their questions. Questions like; how automotive technicians at Butler get paid, how many techs work in each shop, and what it means to be professional. They want to know how projects are assigned, and what companies look for in new hires. And most of all, they want to know if Curtis has any Butler Auto applications with him.
One consistent aspect of each of the students is that they are passionate about cars. One clean-cut, charismatic young man with the air of a budding politician firmly shakes Curtis’s hand before launching into a story about considering going into car sales. “But I love turning a wrench,” he says. “It always makes me happy.”
And it’s that kind of enthusiasm that makes Curtis keep coming back year after year. He says he enjoys participating in RCC’s Career Day because he feels like his real-world advice helps clear up many of the “unknowns” that accompany the transition from being a student to being an employee. He says that extra knowledge builds confidence.
His bi-annual Career Day appearances also build Butler’s workforce; Curt says he’s been so impressed with some of the students he’s met at the event that he hired them. Maybe he’s not so out of his element, after all.