The WCU Autoshop maintenance is staffed by four people. They are Larry Krackov, the foreman, and his capable staff consists of Matt Johnson, John Schaefer, and the retiring Steve Hilton. Larry is a veteran of 18 years at WCU with numerous years of prior experience in the auto industry. Matt made a seamless transfer from the Grounds Department over 3 years ago. He possesses extensive skills in equipment repair. John is the newcomer to the shop with 2 years of service. He too comes with a vast background in dealership maintenance. Steve spent the last 3 years with WCU. His resume boasts 27 years in Cheney’s auto department. We wish him well in retirement.
The staff does routine maintenance, emergency repairs, motor pool rentals, and state inspections to keep the fleet of 95 vehicles ready and rolling. That’s only part of their work. They do a quick turnaround on repairs of all the grounds maintenance equipment. Lawns don’t get mowed without their behind the scenes help. While the university is closed during snow emergencies, they spend countless hours doing on the fly fixes of snow plows and salt spreaders. The staff does more than their share to get the campus open again. You may rarely see them, but this group is essential to the smooth operation of the university.
One of WCU’s proud accomplishments is the conversion of 32 vehicles to the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). CNG is a much cleaner burning fuel than gasoline or diesel fuel. The university received the Air Quality Partnership Excellence Award in 2016 for reduction in motor vehicle pollution. A special thanks to Larry for taking a lead role in this achievement.