Tell us about your business.
While I was going through the automotive program I was able to receive an internship at the local Ford dealership. I did that every day before school and after school. After graduating from Helena College in 2013. I then went to work at the Ford dealership in Helena full-time. After a year there I decided to go out on my own. I started Wardell Automotive LLC. I am a local shop here in the Helena valley. I do work on most every make and model of vehicles. Things I do range from brakes, clutches, electrical diagnosis, and basic automotive repairs.
Memories from your time at Helena College?
I have a ton of memories. Some are good and some kind of sucked. The instructors that are in the automotive program are amazing. They both know there stuff about how vehicles work. The program is tough I'm not going to lie about that. It's a lot of information to retain in a 2 year program, but it can be done and has for many years.
What did you learn at Helena College that has most benefited your business?
The biggest thing I learned that has benefited my business is that one of my instructors always told me that sometimes you need to go back to basics of how a system of the vehicle your working on works then from there move on to the diagnosis.
What would you say to a person considering enrolling at Helena College?
If they are thinking on attending the automotive program you need to be able to have the ability to read and comprehend. Some people think that they may be good with your hands, but that is only part of fixing cars. You have to be able to diagnose. Vehicles now days are getting very complex with all the different computer system that they are running just to make the vehicle start and move. With all that said, it is a great program with instructors to help you along the way.