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Students get inside look at being an auto mechanic

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- High school students interested in cars got an inside look Tuesday at what it takes to be a mechanic.

Area dealerships sponsor a career fair every year. Organizers say it's becoming more and more popular.

"It feels awesome, you get to learn stuff you never learned about them before," said Allen Moore, a senior at Wausau East High School. Moore says he wants to work with cars after he graduates.

"I've wanted to become a mechanic since I've been a freshman," said Moore. "I love getting my hands dirty. I love working with vehicles."

He and hundreds of others gathered at Fred Mueller Automotive Tuesday evening for an auto career fair.

"What we wanted to do is create awareness for the kids about the automotive industry as a viable source for a job," said Jerry Brickner, president of Brickner Family Auto Group, one of the event's sponsors.

Brickner says when the event started 15 years ago, it attracted 15 or 20 people. Now, as many as 250 come out. Many are high school students, but not everyone.

"We've had displaced workers here, we've got the technical colleges here looking to recruit kids to come to their program," said Brickner.

Brickner says the career fair makes a difference, helping students get excited about their futures. The fair attracted students from all over central Wisconsin including Wausau, Abbotsford, and Antigo.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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