HS Customs gives students a firsthand glimpse into the world of automotive restoration


Students learn from Cam Miller, owner of HS Customs


“If you can create things with your mind and your hands, you can make a really good living.” These words, spoken by Cam Miller, owner of HS Customs, resonated with high school students during a recent tour of his automotive restoration shop in Hyde Park. Miller's message emphasizes the value of harnessing one's talents and passions, a sentiment that echoed throughout the visit.

The tour, organized as part of a district-wide CTE Scavenger Hunt, provided students with a firsthand glimpse into the world of automotive restoration. Among them was Miles Forsberg, a freshman at Ridgeline High School, whose childhood fascination with cars found new inspiration at HS Customs. "This was really cool to see a different side of the automotive world," Forsberg remarked, highlighting the eye-opening experience for students exploring potential career paths.

As Miller shared his journey and insights with the students, he emphasized the importance of following their interests. "You each have God-given skills and passions." The potential for success when students follow their innate abilities is endless.

The allure of the automotive industry extends beyond traditional roles like welding and mechanics. Today, careers in engineering, CAD design, color development, and 3D printing are in demand, reflecting the evolving landscape of the field. "If you can learn this new technology, there is a place for you," Miller affirmed, signaling opportunities for students to explore diverse avenues within the industry.


Cam Miller speaks with a student and an adult   Student looks at a car   Three men look at a car


For Trey Nelson, a senior at Mountain Crest High School, the tour offered a glimpse into the meticulous craftsmanship and problem-solving abilities in Miller's work. "My favorite part of the tour was seeing the attention to detail in Cam’s builds and the knowledge he has to make certain ideas come to life and work efficiently," Nelson shared. A blend of creativity and technical expertise is essential in the trade.

John Anderson, Cache County School District’s CTE Director, expressed gratitude for industry partners like Cam Miller, whose willingness to open their doors fosters invaluable learning experiences for students. "These opportunities allow students to experience firsthand the dream jobs and careers they hope to have," Anderson noted, emphasizing the tangible impact of such interactions on shaping students' aspirations.

The tour of HS Customs served as a reminder of the pivotal role that CTE and trade skills play in empowering students to pursue fulfilling careers aligned with their passions. As the next generation prepares to enter the workforce, nurturing their talents and fostering hands-on learning experiences will continue to be essential in shaping a bright and rewarding future.