KTC Automotive student working on car

If you like cars, trucks and related equipment, join us for expert training on state-of-the-art equipment.  Learn about the vehicle industry and how to service a variety of customer vehicles.

You can learn: 

  • General maintenance servicing of vehicles 
  • Replacement of engine coolant, engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid  
  • Tire service including mounting, balancing, rotating, failure analysis, repairing and customer wheel service
  • Complete detailing, including finish restoration and car prep
  • Basic car care services such as safety inspection and lamp replacement
  • Hand Tool and shop safety identification and usage
  • Electrical system repair and diagnosis

Automotive Sneak Peak

Clayton Powell

Hello!  I am Clayton Powell, Kent Transition Center Automotive Instructor.  I am excited to work at KTC and enjoy seeing that moment when the students grasp a concept and really get excited about their learning.  One of the best things about my job is sharing ideas and knowledge with the students and watching them grow throughout the school year.


Industry Experience  

  • 5 years as a technician in General Motors Dealerships
  • 19 years teaching Automotive Technology
  • Adjunct Instructor for Montcalm Community College

Education & Certifications

  • Master's in Education, Spring Arbor University
  • Bachelor's in Technical Education, Ferris State University
  • Associate Degree, Ferris State University
  • Brakes
  • Electrical
  • Engine Repair
  • Engine Performance
  • Steering/Suspension
  • Maintenance and Light Repair

More About Me

My wife Kelly and I have two children, Bryson and Delaney. The kids keep us busy as they participate in many activities ranging from sports to boy and girl scouts.  During our free time we also enjoy camping.


Dan Pipe

Hi! I'm Dan Pipe, Career Technical Education Specialist in KTC's automotive program. I've been working with KTC students for six years. I assist students learning to perform detailing services, oil changes, tire work and more. It's a great experience to put tools in the hands of young adults and watch them grow and learn.

I first started working with students during an internship after college, in museum programming and social-emotional learning programs. More recently, I worked as a substitute teacher here at KTC. I found this experience in particular so rewarding. I stayed. The staff here, and their commitment to the students they work with, keep me every bit as inspired as the students themselves.

My wife and I are raising three school age children and we seem to have the "Kool-aid house" in our neighborhood, with extra kids always hanging around. Our house is always a vibrant, busy place. My hobbies include gardening, cooking, art, and medieval reenactment.


Clayton Powell

Instructor, Automotive

Daniel Pipe

CTE Specialist - Automotive