Tyler Wagner is a 2020 graduate of Ranken’s Automotive Collision Repair program. He says, “Ranken was a great hands-on education that allowed me to get a jump start in my career.” While pursuing his degree, Tyler competed in the Auto Refinishing contest at the 2020 SkillsUSA District Championship where he took 1st place.
One of his instructors, Tim Green, Auto Collision instructor remembers Tyler being a great asset that he enjoyed having in class. He explained, on days when I can’t get around the shop fast enough, students sometime step up to assist fellow students with questions and give them direction. “Tyler was one of those students and he was good at it because he had experience. His classmates became close-knit; everyone got the support they needed when struggling with new tasks. When you have a student like Tyler, his desire to encourage others and help them succeed benefits the class and me as an instructor. I know he’ll be a great mentor to future Ranken collision apprentices.”
Tyler Wagner was born with innate characteristics for baseball and cars, whether foreign or domestic. In 2015, Tyler began working at Meramec Heights Collision Center, the second shop of Rob and Sheena Wagner. He started at the bottom, doing anything that needed to be done. Sheena, owner and manager, shared, “Tyler gained a lot of experience working on cars at a young age. His dad, Rob, owner of Performance Auto Body had him hanging around cars since before he could drive. While this was fun as a child, he realized his potential. After realizing professional baseball was harder than repairing cars, he began his Ranken journey in 2018. It was then, he began working on customer’s cars, pushing dents and repairing and replacing parts. He’s been cross-trained in many areas of the body repair business.”
Tyler now works at South County Collision Center, also owned by the Wagner’s. He works all areas of a body shop, talking with potential customers, and detailing and repairing cars. Tyler realizes that owning a business means “working the business” in order to succeed.