Robert McTaggart (left) has been teaching all of the auto body repair classes at SVCTE since 2001.
With Nathan Chukes and Robert McTaggert, two veterans of the collision industry who are now collision repair instructors at the highly-regarded Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE), this tech school in San Jose, CA creates the metal technicians, painters and estimators of the future.
By showing high school-level students about the latest technological changes in the industry and by working with local body shops and vendors, this school is making all the right moves and receiving unprecedented industry support as a result.
Chukes teaches Auto Body Refinishing and McTaggert handles the Auto Body Repair curriculum , but together they run the department. Both were hired at the school in 2001 and are passionate about what they are doing and it shows. Since these two have been hired, approximately 2,700 students have graduated from SVCTE's automotive tech department during that time.
Chukes was a journeyman painter and McTaggert worked as a technician, assistant manager and estimator for 40 years before he was hired at SVCTE. Both instructors have ASE certifications in both structural and non-structural repair and continually refine their classes to accommodate the industry as repair techniques, tools and equipment change at a rapid rate.
Formerly known as the Central County Occupational Center (CCOC) before changing its name five years ago, SVCTE currently features a two-semester program for high school students from six school districts in the South Bay Area area who are interested in careers in the collision repair industry.