“I used to take stuff apart in my backyard,” Spindler said. “I like using my hands.”
Both students plan on becoming mechanics.
“That’s my life’s goal — to open up my own shop,” Spindler said.
Gosselin, who had enough credits to graduate in April, will join the U.S. Army Reserve as a wheeled mechanic in June.
But Gosselin returns to Salem High to prepare for the competition. The two said they work well together as a team.
Their instructor, Matthew McCarthy agreed. He said both are highly skilled mechanics in what’s becoming an increasingly competitive career field. Top mechanics can earn as much as $100,000 for the nation’s largest automakers, he said.
“It’s like being an artist, but not everyone can draw,” McCarthy said. “Not everyone can do this. They definitely are above average.”
Spindler is the son of Timothy and Debra Spindler. Gosselin is the son of David Gosselin and Donna Comeau.