Alumni Spotlight – Jim Hagerty, Automotive Technology

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 1988 Automotive Technology/Bishop Jim HagertyMcDevitt High School graduate, Jim Hagerty, has enjoyed a successful career in the automotive industry. Hagerty is employed by the Township of Upper Dublin as one of their four automotive technicians responsible for inspection, maintenance and repair of police cars, trash trucks, dump trucks, backhoes, loaders and other various pieces of equipment. His son, Sean, is currently a senior in the Automotive Technology program and following in his father’s footsteps.

Hagerty was always interested in things with wheels and was curious about how they worked. While in high school, he was influenced by friends that attended EASTERN’s Automotive Technology program from Springfield, Upper Dublin, and McDevitt High Schools.

As a senior at EASTERN, an automotive shop owner named Jim Brinton came to EASTERN looking for a helper. Brinton hired Hagerty and he worked for him for six years. Hagerty considers the experience he received from Brinton’s Automotive to be invaluable and credits EASTERN for that connection.

Hagerty worked at Brinton’s Automotive until switching to Upper Dublin School District Transportation Department. After high school, Hagerty returned to EASTERN for his state inspection license and a welding class at night. Hagerty stayed current by attending evening classes provided by parts and tool suppliers and vehicle manufacturers.

“I was happy to see Sean enroll at EASTERN,” said Hagerty. “I feel that with training and the real work place atmosphere, EASTERN prepares students for an entry level position in the industry or to further their education. For some students, a career and tech program can help them decide that it is not the right career path for them. Either way, it is a great experience for young people trying to figure out their future.”

Automotive Technology at EASTERN is designed for the student who is serious about working in the automotive industry. Career objectives for this program are Automotive Technician Trainee, Under Car Specialist, and New Car Preparation Technician.

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