New simulator provides immersive experience for auto classes


Emion Byers

Car Mechanic Simulator, an immersive simulator game, is incorporated into automotive classes classes to advance students understanding of vehicles.

Anna Turner, Copy Editor

  One of LCHS’s main goals is to send students off into the world with real-world skills. Many students drive yet know nothing about car maintenance or what to do when there is a flat tire or loose bolt.

  Junior Jacob Bundrick was at home one day playing a video game called “Car Mechanic Simulator,” and was struck with an idea. 

  “Car Mechanic Simulator is an immersive simulator game that puts you in the role of a mechanic, who owns a shop and completes car maintenance and repair jobs,” Bundrick said. 

  After Jacob’s father and Director of CTE and Workforce Development, Bo Bundrick walked in on him one day playing the game, they realized that it was not only fun but could be implemented in more ways than just entertainment. 

  “The game is very in-depth and accurate to how mechanics operate in the real world, from balancing tires to making sure every bolt, clip and spark plug is secure and in place, before the job is finished,” J. Bundrick said.

  Jacob thought the game could be used as training for the students in our automotive classes here at the high school and be a fun way for students to practice skills while not in the shop, as well as learn the parts of a car and their locations. 

 The auto classes here at LCHS now use this game in the classroom as a learning tool but also a fun way to educate. 

  “Jacob and I took the initiative to promote this to our local rotary and the rotary has helped fund this project, so we’ve installed eight television monitors in classrooms as well as gaming systems with all the remotes and keyboards,” B. Bundrick said. 

    “There are several things students can pick up from the game including practicing part identification, syntax and basic removal and installation,” LCHS Automotive Teacher Shane Robertson said. 

  “The randomization really adds to the content and delivers it in a way that is beyond my control or abilities,” Robertson said. 

  Robertson said the cool thing and game-changer in his opinion are that the students take customer complaint calls on the game to find and fix issues that are wrong with the customer’s car. 

“The game has helped me advance my knowledge of vehicles, as I am now available to open the hood of a car and identify many of the parts visible,” J. Bundrick said.