Mark Moore enjoys working with his hands, so much so that he is in his fourth year in the automotive technology program at the Paducah Area Technical Center.
The Paducah Tilghman High School senior is this week's Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky Technical Center Student of the Week.
"I've always been into cars," he said. "There's just something about cars and working with my hands."
Moore said he enjoys working with the machinery of cars as opposed to the electrical parts. He earned automotive and light repair certification last year, and is working toward certification in diesel and other areas.
Last year, he was part of the center's opening and closing team in SkillsUSA competition that took first place in the state competition.
Moore said that after he graduates, he would like to be a technician or work with heavy equipment.
"I really want to have my own shop and build cars -- fix them, restore them," he said.
In his spare time, Moore enjoys fishing or working on motors.
Moore's instructor, Cory Polsgrove, said that the senior is well suited to automotive work.
"He's really knowledgeable; he's very mechanically inclined," Polsgrove said. "He's a pleasure to work with, and he does a good job."
Polsgrove's class has been working with brake systems, installing bumpers and changing out sensors.
"(Moore) has a motorcycle (in the shop) that he's working on," Polsgrove said. "He's had to pull the carburetor off of it and took several things out of it. He got the jets and things cleaned out. That's his main project right now.
"He's actually got quite a few projects going. He's one of the few who have that many."
Moore is the son of Karen Coreau and Ted Coreau of Paducah.
The Paducah Area Technical Center is on the campus of Paducah Tilghman High School and services students from Paducah Tilghman, McCracken County, St. Mary, Graves County and Livingston Central high schools. Starting this fall, the Paducah Innovation Hub will house the classes held at the Paducah ATC with more career options, including engineering, art and computer-aided design.
A story featuring the AGC of Western Kentucky Technical Center Student of the Week will run in The Paducah Sun each Friday through March 27 with recipients chosen by instructors and administrators at the seven area technical centers that serve students in the state's 13 westernmost counties.
In addition to the Paducah Area Technical Center, this year's 29 AGC of Western Kentucky Technical Center Students of the Week are chosen from the Ballard County Career and Technical Center, Caldwell Regional Career Center, Four Rivers Career Academy in Fulton County, Marshall County Technical Center, Mayfield-Graves County Area Technology Center and the Murray-Calloway County Area Technology Center.
At the area technical centers, students are learning skills in areas such as automotive technology, welding, carpentry, machine tool technology, electricity and industrial maintenance that will help them join the workforce upon graduation and help fill the need for skilled workers in the area.
A banquet will be held at 6 p.m. April 16 at Marshall County High School to honor the Technical Center Students of the Week and to name technical center and overall Students of the Year.