Lewis & Clark Career Center

Leading Through Innovation

Mr. Mike Kuechler

Phone: 636-443-4984


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Mr. Mike Kuechler


A proud graduate of St. Charles High School and Lewis & Clark Career Center, Mr. Kuechler (pronounced: keekler) is an ASE Master Collision & Refinishing Technician with more than 30 years of professional experience earning several GM Excellence Service Awards along the way.  For 20 years, he worked for Jim Meagher Chevrolet in St. Charles and ten years for Jim Trenary Chevrolet. He also worked for Rick’s Auto Body for three years.  Mr. Kuechler proudly served in the United States Navy as a Seabee on various Pacific Ocean islands for five years.  Since 2007, he has been sharing his knowledge and passion for the auto collision repair business with St. Charles County students at Lewis & Clark.  Mr. Kuechler is a leading expert in the field and serves on the Missouri State Advisory Board that advises all automotive collision repair programs.

When he is not at Lewis & Clark, Mr. Kuechler enjoys woodworking, flying his radio-controlled helicopters, and camping with his fifth wheel camper.   Mr. Kuechler also enjoys spending time with his two daughters and two grandchildren.   

“As a graduate of the auto collision program at Lewis & Clark, it is quite humbling to teach here trying to give back to an industry that’s been so good to me.  I really enjoy seeing my students mature over the two years I get to know and work with them.”

2 year program; 3 units of credit per year
This course is open to juniors who have an interest in auto collision repair as a wage earning occupation.
One year of the two year program students will learn non-structural repair methods.  These include mig welding, straightening and aligning sheet metal, applying and shaping plastic fillers, plastic panel identification and plastic repair methods.
The other year will concentrate on painting and refinishing.  Students will learn proper paint preparation procedures, masking techniques, and detailing cars.  Primer, sealer and basecoat/clearcoat application will be covered along with paint defect identification and repair.  Proper spray gun techniques will be taught and practiced with lots of hands on spraying of primers, paints, and clears.
Both years customer satisfaction, measuring and damage analysis along with writing a damage report will be covered.  The course is geared to prepare students for entry level auto collision repair and to help prepare for the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification tests.  The curriculum is based on the I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) instruction and is used throughout the course.  Students will have the opportunity to earn the I-CAR ProLevel 1 in Non Structural Repair and Refinishing Certification.   
ASE ICAR    skills