Jerry Hampton has a bachelor’s degree in Vocational Teaching from Western New Mexico University, and a master’s degree from Tarleton State University. He has over 25 years of experience as a technician or manager in automotive businesses, and 18 years teaching auto mechanics, eight years of which have been at Hill College. Hampton describes his favorite part of teaching as, “I love it when that light bulb moment happens for a student and that I learn something sometimes as well. Very rewarding to have a student ‘thank you’ for what you have taught them.”
Hampton’s project is at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit/Dearborn, Mich. While there he will tour the Rouge assembly plant, the Henry Ford Village, and get to assemble a Model-T car. The museum houses many of Henry Ford’s inventions including the Velocipede (the original self-propelled vehicle), the Ford Tri-Motor Airplane, and many of Ford’s other famous automobiles and machines.
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Today we went to the Ford Rouge Plant where they build F150 pickups. Did not know until we arrived that you cannot take pictures of the assembly line. Ford purchased 2000 acres for this plant in 1915 and the plant was completed in 1928. Many different vehicles have been assembled there. Currently, the only thing assembled there is the F150. The plant has many forms of energy conservation. The roof and exterior walls have plants growing on them. The ones on the roof are called sedum and are designed to help insulate the facility while blocking the sunlight, slowing rainwater runoff, help cleanse the rainwater, and slow the deterioration of the roof. Most assembly plant roofs last about 25 years. They expect these to last 50. All rainwater runoff is captured and sent to wetlands/marshes created around the plant to cleanse the runoff before it returns to the Rouge river. The Rouge plant has so many skylights that engineers believe that half the lights can be turned off on sunny days to save on electricity. Returning home tomorrow but head out Sunday for annual training in Kenosha, Wisconsin.