Tuesday, 17 November 2020 15:17

Born and raised in automotive

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Jeremy McDonald interned at the auto shop opened by his grandfather. Jeremy McDonald interned at the auto shop opened by his grandfather. Richmond County Schools

ROCKINGHAM — Working on cars isn’t new for senior Jeremy McDonald.


His grandpa started Phil’s Automotive Repairs in Rockingham and he’s been working around the shop since he was a little boy.  

“I was raised in it pretty much,” he said with a laugh. “I’ve been doing this since I was tiny.”  

While interning at the shop, McDonald has done work like pulling out transmissions and motors and anything else that comes with working on cars.  

He’s learned quite a bit from working in his family-owned shop, and his automotive and manufacturing classes at Richmond Senior High School have helped him as well.  

“Automotive has taught me a little more,” he said. “Greg Norton, Jason Perakis and Tony Clewis have helped me get to where I am now.”  

At the shop. McDonald works with his grandpa, dad, grandma, cousin and brother — which he says he likes.  

“It’s been good working with my family,” he said.  

After his internship and graduating, McDonald said he’d like to keep doing what he’s doing and work on cars. He said he’s looking into Sandhills Community College and their automotive class.